Saturday 24 March 2018

The human cost of education

FINDINGS of a study of third-level students, reported today, appear to state the obvious at times, but they contain information which should better inform the future funding of higher education and will affect the creation or otherwise of the knowledge economy, if indeed our policy makers still aspire to such a thing.

They also reveal that many students subsist on a sort of intellectual breadline, unable to afford extracurricular activities, and far removed from the Newman ideal of a rounded university education.

So, students from comfortable families, who live at home, spend more cash on social activities than disadvantaged or mature students, or those who have to pay rent.

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