England Has The Highest Tuition Fees In The World According To A New Survey
According to a survey carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), students in England face the highest tuition fees in the industrialised world.
The annual survey looked at fees across 34 countries and found that the average cost for undergraduates in England is the highest, followed closely by the US and Japan.
The survey showed that, in the year 2013-14, students in England paid an average of just under £6,000 per year after the government raised tuition fees.
This is compared to around £5,300 in the US and around £3,300 in Japan. However, it should be noted that the survey did not include any private schools, which may have significantly altered the figures for the US.
In spite of the greater cost of university education in England, the OECD also found that the United Kingdom as a whole spends less money per student than Switzerland, Japan and the US. This is particularly striking in light of the proposed further cuts to public spending and the latest results gleaned from a survey by The Complete University Guide that found that only 6 out of 120 universities in England and Wales offer courses below £7,000, the vast majority imposing the full £9,000 per year for every undergraduate course.
Furthermore, Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s director of education and skills, points out that, even as fees rise in the UK, teaching salaries are so reduced they are now below the European average: “Scotland and England are actually going backwards in real terms when you look at the salary between 2005 and 2013.”
Taking into consideration the current pressures faced by young people in terms of finding affordable education with good job prospects regardless of their socio-economic background, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría poignantly said in a speech: “The dream of ‘quality education for all’ is not yet a reality.”