6. Why don’t you subsidise training and University fees instead?

6. Why don’t you subsidise training and University fees instead?

Answer

We don’t presume to know what is best for our young people and there are many traps with tertiary education nowadays. For starters, funding tertiary education is middle class welfare, as most of the people that go straight into University are the children of the well-off. Not funding those who choose another path is arbitrary discrimination. Several of the most successful tech entrepreneurs globally and in New Zealand for instance were University dropouts. University education is no longer a precursor for success in the modern economy. For some people formal training works, but that isn’t the case for everyone. Some people will want to set up their own business, others will want to learn from a mentor or on the job. Everyone should get the same support.