By Sutimah, Staf of LPMP Jambi
Victoria University of Wellington. A developed country is influenced by the quality of its education system. Pros and cons occur in society regarding free education at tertiary level. This essay will outline several reasons to support the government to provide free tertiary education for all people.
Basically, free education at tertiary level is to reduce social inequality. Every person should have an opportunity to study at university. To illustrate, poor people can study in university that they want. They get the opportunity to explore their capabilities. In other words, both rich and poor people should get the same opportunity to go to university.
The other reason is education as a non-commercial product. Through free education, the welfare and economic conditions of people will rapidly increase. For example, many people in the world apply to universities in Germany because this country has provided scholarships. However, student accommodation there is expensive and this is a source of income for the society in Germany.In addition, if the number of highly educated people increases, the number of unemployed people will decrease.
On the other hand, free tertiary education causes limited funds for other aspects of education. It is true that every university needs budget to build and develop infrastructure. However, infrastructure is only one of the supporting factors, while the quality of human resources is more important.
In conclusion, free tertiary education helps a country to become developed. Every person deserves the opportunity to get higher education. Through free tertiary education, people can live in prosperity.