Should university education be free?

The fourth in our series of termly Jaw debates took place recently, this time debating the motion ‘This house believes that all university education should be free.’ Arguing in support were Cameron Cross (Block 5) and Peter Price (6.1), and on the opposition were Juliette Perry (6.1) and Teacher of English, Ed Mason. Both sides argued persuasively, with points ranging from the importance of knowledge (and opportunity) being accessible to all, to the opposite end of the spectrum, namely questioning why the taxpayer should fund what is essentially the preference of a small minority elite. In the end though, it came down to, unsurprisingly perhaps, a landslide victory for those in favour of free university education.

By Vincent Hasselbach, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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