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Students should pay for education according to academic

Published: Thursday, 22 November 2007   Category: Government policies

Graduates should start contributing money towards higher education in Scotland, according to a leading academic.

Dr Andrew Cubie has claimed the issue should be examined during the independent review of university funding.

Writing in the Scotsman, Dr Cubie said: "I question if it is ethically acceptable, and meets the requirements of social justice, to offer free tertiary learning if we remain unable to have those in primary and secondary education reach their full potential."

The chair of the court at Napier University led the enquiry in 1999 which resulted in upfront tuition fees being abolished in Scotland.

In England, students already pay a £1,000 annual fee and variable fees which top up amounts universities charge up to £3,000.

Meanwhile, Nick Dettmar, managing director of Computer People, has responded to the claim that graduates are not choosing careers in IT because it is considered "geeky".

Speaking to onrec.com, Mr Dettmar said that students seeking a graduate IT job would find "a range of challenging and exciting career opportunities".

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