The new academic session in Germany saw a remarkable progress -- free education across the board.
“Tuition fees are socially unjust,” says Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg. “They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.”
Brilliant, isn’t it?
Countries like Norway, Sweden, Argentina, France, Greece and Finland are among several nations that offer free higher education to their students.
On the other hand, in the United States of America -- the land of promise -- students are crippled by the weight of staggering tuition fees.
According to the Institute for College Access and Success Project on Student Debt, the average American student borrower will complete university education with $26,600 in debt whereas one in 10 graduates owe more than $40,000.
What’s more, economists predict the cost of attending state colleges will soar to $120,000 by 2015.
With the decline in job opportunities, the task becomes harder and raises the question about whether college is even worth it.
When a nation’s youth have to debate whether to get an education, simply because of the price tag, it is time to act.