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Should the choice of tertiary education be left up to parents and their youngsters or should it be made compulsory?

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I'm not a fan of making anything "compulsory". For a start, if something is made compulsory it then needs to be funded. And do you really want tertiary institutions full of adults who really don't want to be there - it would be a waste of time and resources for them and disruptive to others. And also - what type of tertiary education would be compulsory? Is it fair to fund people to do a (relatively cheap) hairdressing course at TAFE and then provide more dollars to someone doing a four year combined law / accounting degree. What about those of us who are undertaking training through an online provider - I am studying to be a childbirth doula, which is an unregulated industry...would it be compulsory for me to do a "standard" tertiary course when I'm already doing this other study (admittedly not many people go for a doula course straight from high school...but anyway). Interesting concept but I couldn't see it working out.
That would be crazy. I assume if it was compulsory you'd have some sort of system where the State would pay for it through taxes or it wouldn't be possible since lots of people couldn't afford it (especially not if uni fees are deregulated).

I can't see it working because not everbody is cut out for or wants to go to uni. Or were you thinking either uni or an apprenticeship or TAFE course? That would be a little better, but still doesn't leave room for anybody to find their own path with a career where there may not be a relevant course. It'd also clog up tertiary institutions with students who didn't want to be there which would make the experience worse for those who did, taking away one of the advantages universities currently have over schools.

What do you think would be the advantages of making tertiary study compulsory?
Freedom of choice always.

We still live in a free country, and that has to be something that student wished to do.Compulsory is not right by any means, not at that age.
NO!!! We live in a free society. We make our own decisions and live with the consequences of those decisions. As adults, we should be able to decide on our own whether tertiary education is for us or not.
No way! Study and uni aren't for everyone. It should be an individual's choice to undertake tertiary studies.
If it was compulsory the quality of higher education graduates would slip significantly, furthermore the value of the qualifications would be lost. So no, it definitely shouldn't be compulsory.
No bloody way.
by Vee
Definitely NOT compulsory!

How would a student who failed Grade XII get into Uni anyway?
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