Michael Gove said graduates should 'pay something back' and people are not happy about it

Greg Evans
Monday 03 July 2017 11:15
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, arrives in Downing Street for a cabinet meeting(REUTERS/Phil Noble)

In the past Michael Gove has made it abundantly clear that he is no fan of experts.

However, he is very eager for us to listen to his educated opinions on tuition fees.

In the general election, Labour campaigned on abolishing the charge of up to £9,000 for students, which it could be argued helped their popularity among younger voters.

Now a fresh debate on the issue has arisen in the Conservative ranks after First Secretary of State and Minister for Cabinet Office, Damian Green, called for an assessment on fees.

Green is a close ally of Theresa May's and believes that the election result shows that the Conservatives must think carefully about the issue in the future.

Gove, who was recently reappointed to the cabinet, appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, had an usual approach to the subject.

If we have to fund higher education, and if people who get university degrees go on to earn well, they should pay something back, which is what the current system does.

It’s wrong if people who don’t go to university find that they have to pay more in taxation to support those who do.

People immediately began to respond to the Environment Secretary's statement pointing out his short sightedness and highlighting the many ways that university graduates contribute to society.

Even though this is an important issue, others couldn't resist poking fun at Mr Gove, rightfully stating that they do not benefit from his household items that they had to pay for.

HT The Guardian

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