Recent poll undertaken by the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information has revealed that 59 per cent of those questioned said they had little or no understanding of how the new fees system will work, which according to Midlands based pioneers of student tracking systems, Perspective, could have a huge and detrimental effect on student numbers.
As the recent riots have shown, existing and potential students are already deeply unhappy about the rise in tuition fees - a situation that is already bound to lower university applications to an extent but, confusion over how the system even works could cause even further damage. Subsequent to this, an additional survey has revealed that over half of those questioned, 55 per cent, said that the new tuition fee system will make going to university less, or much less attractive.
Paul Davis, managing director of student management system provider, Perspective, commented: “The rise in tuition fees has already clearly riled a large percentage of young people; no doubt leading some being put off from applying to university. This further lack of understanding could quite easily lead to even more looking elsewhere to further their education.”
Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert, who is chair of the Independent Taskforce on Student Finance Information, commented on the matter saying: "The communication of tuition fees by all parties over the last few years is a national scandal. They've left us as a nation ill-equipped and uneducated about how this crucial and very different form of finance works. We need to start a war on this ignorance - after all, if students don't understand the true cost, how can they decide if it's worth it?"
Paul continued: “Although it’s a little while yet before the new fees systems starts, this really needs to be resolved sooner rather than later before any lasting, and avoidable damage is done.”
Perspective is a provider of learning management software with its Collaborative Learning Manager product utilised by over 60 local authorities and, Sunesis implemented by companies and training providers around the UK. For more information visit www.perspective-uk.com.
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