How can Scotland afford to provide free higher education? Apparently, it’s cheaper than charging students fees in England and Wales – thanks to the fee levels and loan repayment scheme that was agreed. Don’t know how I missed this when it came out a couple of weeks ago, but belatedly:
Labour slam ‘chaos and confusion’ in Government’s higher education policy following report stating there was a ‘£1 billion a year black hole’ at its heart (Independent)
Not much else to say really…
Recently I discussed the incredibly strange math that has emerged as a result of devolution and increased student fees. There has apparently been a dip in applications in England as a result – a dip not matched in Scotland where there currently are no fees (for Scottish students at least.)
In the Hitch-Hiker books by Douglas Adams, one particularly improbably space ship is powered by bistromathics: the strange energy generated by repeated attempts to split a restaurant bill amongst a group of people sharing a table. No matter what, the numbers never seem to add up, but instead follow their own weird science.