A total and utter waste from Labour’s stupid student fees policy

Labour have pushed for the first year of study to be free. It was a stupid policy and should have been put on the third year of study.

But the government knew best… and now they are being caught out.

The taxpayer is set to spend millions more dollars on university dropouts.

Figures obtained by Newshub shows the cost of those who fail to complete their first year of study will be nearly $40 million.  

A free first year of tertiary study was Labour’s flagship policy, aiming to make education accessible to everyone – but some are skeptical.

“You’re going to get lots of tyre kickers just checking it out because they’ve got no skin in the game – they don’t have to pay any money at all now,” ACT leader David Seymour said.

Students aren’t paying, but the taxpayer will. According to 2013 data, 14 percent of first year university students failed to complete their studies.

In its first year, the fees free policy will cost $275 million. If 14 percent of students drop out that means a potential $38 million could be spent on them.

The Government expects more people will enrol as a result of the policy – so in its second year, it will cost $372 million.

If dropout rates remain the same, that means a potential waste of $58 million.

What a bunch of fools. This is what happens when student politicians get given better toys to play with. It is going to cost an absolute fortune.

“The government is giving money to rich kids and wasting it,” Mr Seymour said.

The $38 million is on top of what taxpayers already cover in fees for those who drop out.

Before the fees free policy was adopted, the Government was already funding 71 percent of the $2 billion cost of tuition.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins wouldn’t appear on camera, providing a written statement instead.

“The Government is extremely focused on providing taxpayers with value for money,” it said. “The policy is an investment in the future.”

Another minister in witness protection. It’s getting crowded in there.

The government has no ministers with any commercial experience, so it’s little wonder they are getting these results.




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