Letter: High price of a university degree

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Letter: High price of a university

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Sir: As someone who was a student in Australia in 1989 when the then Hawke Labor government introduced tertiary fees, payable either up front or by way of a deferred low interest loan from the government, I am amazed at the naivety of the Labour government in espousing the Australian experience as one to be emulated.

The Australian government attempted to justify the concept of paying for one's education on the basis that it would lead to an overall improvement in educational standards.

The students, with no option but to pay, are still waiting to see the promised improvements while it appears that the millions of dollars in fees extracted from them have disappeared into the government's general revenue.

ALISON ROBLEY

London SW9

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