Young people react to the budget.

‘It’s 3.30pm, and the end is nearing. Trying to enthuse 30 exhausted teenagers (some of whom have been up since 6am) is a terrifying task – and I say that as one of those exhausted teenagers.

I don’t know of a single fellow GCSE pupil that goes to bed earlier than 10pm any more. Coursework, coloured flashcards and compiled organisation for maybe 11 or 12 subjects – if I’m under the covers by midnight, I’ll be surprised and pleased. But if you think that’s bad, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

George Osborne announced in his 2016 budget that the days of schools ending at 3.30pm are over, and that a £1.5bn package of funding will be put into lengthening the school day and making all schools into privately run academies in England. When I first read that, I laughed. Perhaps in despair, or perhaps in relief that I only have two more years left before I’m free of a quickly deteriorating education system.

One of the greatest flaws in human nature – especially exemplified by this government – is finding irrelevant factors to blame instead of addressing what’s really going on. If we truly have £1.6bn to spend on education, why not focus on the real problems that causes the UK to be 20th on the global education league tables?’ - Guardian

‘If George Osborne’s sole aim yesterday was to wind up teenagers, it’s hard to imagine a better Budget. A tax on Coke. Extra maths classes. Longer school days. More PE. I suppose he could also have put a levy on selfies, insecurity, unrequited love and discussions about gender fluidity. A few ideas for next time then, George.

This was, Osborne claimed, a Budget that “puts the next generation first”. Which seems overdue since the young — along with the disabled — are among those who have borne the brunt of austerity. Around 350 youth clubs have closed. Grants for the poorest students have been swapped for loans. The Education Maintenance Allowance was scrapped and automatic entitlement to housing benefit was removed for under-21s who are unemployed.’ – Evening Standard

‘Jo Johnson, the Universities minister, previously announced that the government wouldn't rule out prosecuting students who cannot pay back their loans. This came soon after the maintenance grant, given to students whose families are on lower incomes, was cut completely. You would think, from the offhand manner in which the government is extemporaneously throwing key policies on to the already raging fire; that young, affluent students are doing just fine without them.

Of course, this is wrong. A recent poll published in the Guardian, showed that almost a third of 18-24 year olds say they are too scared to look at their bank balance. They wrote "It is feared money worries are deterring many from taking up the opportunity of higher education."’ – Huffington Post


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