Thursday, July 14, 2005

Anderton on Education

Jim Anderton says he would like an education portfolio in the next government.
"I am not going to promise free education, what I am saying to people is that we are going to get student debt down by an incremental step. To pay the loan debt for students who graduate and stay in New Zealand for three years," Mr Anderton said.
I like the idea of incentivising the tertiary education system. Another option would be to drop the current subsidies slightly and give similar refunds (scholarships by another name) to those who perform well. Higher education has strong positive spill-over effects for society and should thus be subsidized, but anything we can do to stop lazy bastards from using that subsidy merely as a way to put off work for a couple of years would be a good idea.

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