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This is a rather silly idea. At a time when teacher recruitment is in crisis, the government is insisting on charging top-up fees to trainee teachers who have previously been exempt from fees altogether. And, apparently, they think that this won’t deter people. I can’t understand why the government are being so slow in this respect, especially with teacher training. I can imagine that alot of people do their primary degree, and then, unsure on what they want to do next, do a year of teacher-training since it is free and might come in handy. They then end up in the classroom, teaching kids. If you put a £3000 price tag on that extra year, then fewer people who are still ‘considering their options’ are likely to take that year: They’re far more likely to go out into the big bad commercial world and get a job, so that they have some money coming in and not a further £3000 going onto their student debt.
How does Labour MP who got a maintenance grant to see them through university (ie nearly all of them) can expect me to vote for them, now that they have not only removed the funding that supported them, but also introduced fees, and then increased fees?