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A-level reality

by Sam Bogg
Issue No. 2266

On one of the most stressful days on a student’s life, the majority of young people were struggling to find a reason to jump in the air and celebrate as they found out that their future was far from secure.

With five students applying for every one place at university and the rise in Tuition fees next year, the stress of the day its greatest yet..

UCAS, the system that allocates places to students, was down for large periods of the day, leaving thousands of people worried about whether or not they had a place at university or not.

One student posted on its Facebook page “I may ‘like’ UCAS on Facebook, but I fucking hate you really” summing up the feelings of many who had posted on the site.

At Lambeth College, South London, students told Socialist Worker of their worry about even surviving if they get to university.

Henry, 17, said, “I’m going to be the first person in my family to go to university. I’m worried that I won’t be able to survive. There aren’t many bursaries for poor people any more, but I have to struggle because I want to make my family proud.”

With a lack of jobs and other opportunities, Ben, 19, believed that getting into university was his only option.

He said, “I’m worried about the debt but who isn’t? If I want to have a future I have to go to university. I would rather go to university than sign on.”

And with 97.8 percent of students passing their exams this year, the Right regurgitated the argument that exams are easier now than in the good old days.

Christina, 19, said, “I’m sick of people saying A-levels are getting easier. I worked hard for my results and people are trying to put it down.”

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Tue 23 Aug 2011, 17:58 BST
Issue No. 2266
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