PublicHigher Education Should Be Free
Thedebate on whether public higher education should be free hasattracted a lot of concern. There are individuals who have missed theopportunity of receiving a higher education because they cannot be ina position to afford to pay for their education (Samuels 84). Highereducation needs to be available to a larger number of people, therebyimproving their knowledge levels and the ability to integrate variousissues so that they may be more analytical and have the skillsnecessary to make sound decisions as well as solve different problemsaround the world. Such skills will enable the people to be moreresourceful in the society and, therefore, add value to the lives ofother people. They shall also interact with people, therebyincreasing their interpersonal skills. Higher education today isquite expensive, and most families rely on the ability to makeconsistent savings that will be used to finance the education oftheir children. Other families also rely on the likelihood ofstudents to land scholarships which will finance their tuition.However, such schemes are not sufficient and quite competitive.Therefore, the merit that is normally used to enroll students intoscholarship programs usually results in a small portion of studentswho qualify for enrollment. In the end, many students lack theopportunity to further their academic dreams, even though they mayhave had moderate performance that warrants them to take highereducation. The case is normally characterized by the shattered dreamsof such students who could have dreamed of taking up professionalcareers in the future. Thus, they contend with landing blue-collarjobs that at times could be an underutilization of the talents thatthey generally have. People who have access to higher educationincrease their perspective on issues which makes them highlyproactive and in a position to come up with ideas that arerevolutionary. They, therefore, become agents of change in manysocieties. In most cases, students from rich families have benefitedfrom higher education since their families can afford to pay fortheir school fees. There are numerous benefits that emanate frompublic higher education being free. This report will argue thatpublic higher education is supposed to be free due to the merits thatit accrues.
Thegovernment should make higher education free because it would befeasible to provide cure to the ills in society. One of the areaswhere individuals have been discriminated is in the provision ofhigher education. The discrimination originates from the notion thatlearners should pay for their education. This being the case, only afew people end up receiving tertiary education. The poor have notbeen in a position to pay for their tertiary education since theyonly receive a small fraction from the government in the form ofloans and bursaries. However, in case higher education was made free,it would be possible to eliminate the issue of discrimination in theprovision of tertiary education. The elimination of discriminationwould ensure that learners obtain equal opportunities in societysince it would be feasible to make the poor benefit from education,which would assist in providing a cure to issues that may be facingthe disadvantaged such as unemployment (Robert 48). This makes theprovision of free higher education an important consideration.
Freepublic higher education would ensure that a lot of individuals becomeeducated, which would be for the greater good of the society.Education gives people the power to earn as well as live qualitylifestyles. Educated individuals can be in a position to getwell-paying jobs and are capable of reasoning in ways that can addvalue to the society. For instance, educated individuals can be in aposition to employ a large number of community members, which can aidin the elimination or mitigation of poverty in society. In casetertiary education was made free, it would be feasible to have anincrease in the number of individuals that are educated a move thatwould ensure that the society has generations that live qualitylives. Sometimes, people may lack the motivation to acquire highereducation since they may not have resources to pay for theireducation. However, if higher education was made free, individualsare likely to get the motivation to acquire tertiary education.
Freehigher education would have the benefit of improving the issue ofgovernance in society. When people are educated up to the tertiarylevel, they possess skills that can be used in enhancing governancein society (Gross 84). The issue of governance is a critical aspectof society since it helps in ensuring that a country is headed in theright direction. Besides, when there is good governance in society,there is a higher likelihood of individuals having improved lives inthe society. In case higher education was made free, people who arein governance would acquire skills for free that would give them theappropriate leadership qualities. This would ensure that society isheaded in the right course.
Anothermerit that would accrue from the provision of free higher educationis that it would help in the utilization of untapped knowledge. Someindividuals have not been in a position to show their potentialbecause they have not been offered the opportunity to depict theirknowledge or untapped capabilities. When people are not given achance to learn for free, it can be exceedingly difficult to makethem discover their potentials. In most cases, tertiary centers havehelped individuals to discover their capabilities. Individuals who donot get the opportunity to proceed to tertiary centers due to moneyproblems end up not discovering that they have untapped capabilities.Thus, in case higher education was made free, it would be feasible toprovide an opportunity to all individuals to demonstrate theirabilities. This would be an important aspect since it would givepeople the power to rely on their capabilities instead of dependingon others in society.
Makinghigher education free also increases the amount of people who canventure into careers that they are interested in (Toutkoushian et al.64). Given the fact that they will already have an interest in thesaid careers, there is a high likelihood that they will follow themthrough with great enthusiasm, thereby increasing the chances ofbeing highly competent in said fields. Such people will also spend alot of attention to the careers they are pursuing because they willnot need to worry about tuition fees. Such students will thereby beof great benefit given the fact that they will have developed theskills necessary to carry out their activities. In the end, suchpeople end up being a motivation to others who may be willing toventure into such careers. Those who are below them, such as theirchildren will, therefore, depict better levels of performance intheir endeavors as they will seek to achieve the high levels ofsuccess that are shown by their parents.
Theinput of legislators is also crucial for the attainment of freehigher education. They are the ones with the ability to pass lawsthat will control the amount of fee levees that are made by giveninstitutions of higher learning. In case a significant cap is put ontuition fees that they charge, it will be possible for other playerssuch as donors to provide the financing that they need, whereby theywill be motivated by the reduced amounts that they need to pay andwill readily join to bridge the gap that exists. The politicians arealso able to call the institutions that contravene the low feepolicies that are recommended into accountability. They will therebyincrease the ability and willingness of such institutions to developstructures that will greatly reduce the number of school fees thatthey charge. Legislators are also able to pass laws and secure budgetallocations for the financing of higher education. In the end, suchcases will result in a large number of people being able to obtainthe education they need to pursue their professional dreams.
Freepublic higher education will also result in many people havingrestored faith in the government and will, therefore, actively takepart in politics. People will have the feeling that the governmenthas their interests at heart and will, as a result, want to getinvolved in the various activities that it offers. They will alsofollow through the different political activities that go around inthe country and will increase their likelihood of having an input insuch ventures. As a result, they will find it easy to venture intopolitical endeavors and provide ideas that will benefit society. Theymay also take part in voting for politicians who have the ability tobring about legislations that have a great impact on the lives ofpeople. In the end, the general effect of making education freeincreases the willingness to make decisions that will have a goodimpact on them.
Besides,free higher education would ensure that there is social equality. Insociety, there are different cultures which dictate how individualsget higher education (Roth 5). Some cultures may make people notthink of receiving a higher education since the cultures may berestrictive. Alternatively, some individuals may not receive atertiary education because they may hold the view that the societydoes not provide encouragement towards receiving higher education.Also, failure of governments to provide policies that encouragepeople to acquire free tertiary education leads to social inequalitysince only a few individuals benefit. However, in case policies onfree higher education become implemented, it would be possible toeliminate social inequality because a lot of individuals in societywould end up benefiting from the education.
Furthermore,free higher education would be of benefit since it would ensureeconomic benefit to the society. In case higher education was madefree, the society would benefit economically since a big number ofpeople are likely to become employed or engage in economic activitiesthat would provide resources to the society (Keenan 52). Thisoriginates from the reasoning that educated individuals are likely tomake better and reasonable decisions, which would result inbenefiting the society economically. Therefore, free higher educationwould ensure that individuals contribute immensely to the economy ofsociety.
Inconclusion, education is necessary and increases the ability ofpeople to coexist and find more desirable ways of doing things. Italso makes people have the ability to improve their standards ofliving as they will have enhanced levels of thinking as well as ahigh potential of carrying out endeavors that will result in hugeeconomic benefits for them. Such people are also able to accommodatepeople from different cultures as well as embracing a certain change,especially in areas where the given change has a higher chance ofbeing beneficial to them. People experience limitations when theyseek education due to the high costs of accessing it, and they facethe likelihood of lacking the opportunities that come with gainingcritical knowledge. In the end, the general growth and development ofthe world are put at stake. Such an issue is well addressed with theinstitution of free higher education where people can obtain as muchknowledge as they wish in a given area. Furthermore, free highereducation is likely to make people discover their potentials sincethey would have the opportunity to learn for free. Indeed, thesociety is likely to benefit more from the provision of free highereducation. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that there is freepublic higher education.
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