the phrase, you can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink, comes to mind when I read this. If somebody is not willing to study and read even when they are 18-19 years of age, why are we forcing them to do so? No wonder you force them to join Universities and they drop out as soon as they get hit by the reality. Its like forcing a round peg in a square hole! It would be much better to have literate citizens and good quality tertiary education, not bad quality tertiary educated citizens.
Ministers have wasted almost £1 billion on a failed programme to stop mainly working-class students dropping out of university, a report by MPs discloses today. More than one-in-five of the 230,000 full-time students entering university each year - an estimated 50,000 - drop out before graduating. About 28,000 leave within 12 months. Despite investment of more than £800 million to support working-class students, the 22 per cent drop-out rate is no better than in 2002, MPs say.
All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!!