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Met a young Asian guy the other day and we got chatting. Late 20’s, he has a wife, three kids and a first class law degree. Nicely set up then?

So why then, was he driving an Uber car?

Because, despite his ‘First’ in Law – he could not secure a single job as a trainee lawyer and why?

“Because of my poor A level grades!”

He was pretty sanguine – hoping for a career in the law and now facing a 30k debt which he has to drive his way out of – but I didn’t put this to him and I didn’t like to pry. So, I didn’t establish what grades he got, nor what ‘university’ he got his first from but his situation does raise some awkward questions.

Like, how did he get accepted on to a prestigious degree course like Law with ‘poor’ A level grades?

Presumably the university and its law faculty has excellent knowledge of the legal profession and would know that his A level grades would most likely preclude him from a legal career?

Why offer him a place then?

And how did he secure a First class degree against his meagre A Level performance?

The reality is that the university in question is much more concerned with self interest than the interest of its students or customers.

Their immediate jobs are more important than the future job prospects of their students?

Education across the world is increasingly a political football and the stakes are highest in further education which is increasingly becoming a racket.

University Vice Chancellors with £500k+ salaries, universities awarding more firsts than ever before as a way to attract students and as witnessed with my uber driver, to fill their duff courses with whatever students they can find…

This is not an argument against further education. But it is a case that too many children and parents are lied to by politicians and education professionals.

And employers are not fooled either – again, as witnessed by the law firms who rejected my man in the Prius.

A mainstream subject at a mainstream university and the debt is likely to be worth it. But too many degrees are worthless and offer little career prospects. Arts degrees with scant number of teaching hours and ludicrously spread over three years.

And student debt is a misnomer also because so much of it is never repaid and will be written off – which completes the racket because the bill is picked up by ordinary tax payers who presumably would rather see their money spent on cancer drugs than non-degrees like Media Studies at the University of Central Luton.

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