We all deserve an education; Letters.
CONGRATULATIONS Robert Smith on your endeavours and struggles to gain an education in such a laborious manner (Letters, July 17).
You worked hard and you deserved the education you were rewarded with. You appear to have grown up in a society that nurtured the worldview that only those who earned their education were entitled to it.
It's a shame that many groups in the society of the 60s and 70s were not able to earn and deserve their education as you did.
Since the years of your studentship, there have been many people who have attended universities and colleges under the student loans system. They have relied on the support of the government for a few short years, yes, undeniably increasing the national debt, in the same way that many other people in society have also relied on the government for some years of their lives, in times of need and shortage. They have then gone on to contribute to society in many ways in the days of their self-reliance, just as, I am sure, you have done.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where higher education is so expensive that only the very rich can afford to be educated. Thankfully, the student loan system enables many people to attend and benefit from a university education, giving them access to highly skilled jobs that in today's culture, require a university education to gain access to. Many students also work during their degree, as you did.
It appears that being reliant on the government for a few short years can be the means through which many people are able to gain independence and the opportunity to be increasingly self-reliant further down the road.
With this in mind, one must point out, Robert, how wrong you are. For goodness sake, we are self-reliant, we do work hard, we have jobs, and we pay for our keep, insofar as is possible.
Everybody deserves an education, not just those who are lucky, or have the means through which they can earn it.
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