Saturday, 6 January 2018

Summer Learning Journey Bonus Activity Week Three

In 1990, for the first time in New Zealand’s history, universities and polytechnics started charging students money to go to school. Prior to then, it had been free to go to university or to a polytechnic. Since 1990, students have had to pay thousands of dollars to attend post-secondary (after high school) education.The new Labour government have promised to give up to three years of free post-secondary education to all New Zealanders by 2020!
On your blog, tell us what you think. Should students have to pay money (tuition fees) to go to university? Why or why not? Here is my answer:

I would say no because some parents cannot afford more than 1,000 dollars just to pay for their kids fees. Even if their was a family that had 3 kids that entered university. That would be really expensive. Where would the parents get the money from? I say we should at not pay for ourselves to go to university.


  1. Hi Mele
    Good job on completing this summer learning journey activity. I kind of agree with you - I think people should pay to go to university but they shouldn't pay as much as you have to nowadays. Keep up the awesome work Mele.

  2. Kia ora Mele,
    I totally agree with you as I don't think students should pay to get higher education. I found that the costs for tertiary education is very high and it is a bit sad to see that there is so many young New Zealanders starting they careers with a huge debt to re-pay the government for their education loan. I think tertiary education should be free because it does give people the ability to make better choices and get better jobs. To live in a society where most citizens have access to tertiary education for free will empower them to have more opportunities, hence a better life. A better life means that people would not struggle so much to pay for their bills and will have money to travel and go out, and buying things therefore our economy and country will prosper.
    As it is now, and you wrote it so well, how can a family with 3 children possibly be able to afford to pay for tertiary education? I like your point because it shows that you are aware of life challenges and that you are using your 'critical thinking hat" to support your view point, Good job!

    Kia kaha,

  3. Hi Mele
    Great job on completing this activity, I like how you also said that you disagreed with the huge fee. I have a question though, if they still have the fee, will you go to university when you're older?