Part Funded Degree Education for Prisoners in the UK
We are a group of A2 students, studying AS Citizenship. We have been set the task of campaigning on an issue that will directly affect us. Through studying the subject we have learnt more about the education system within the UK prison institution. Our research into this has led us to discover that, whilst students who plan to go to university are going to be paying £9,000 p/a of tuition fees from September 2012, tax payers are evidently partly funding education for prisoners. Students in the UK, once earning over £21,000, will have a 9% deduction of wages that will pay back the government for education services rendered. Our campaign looks to question the issue that arises from the disproportionate level of treatment of how students will be in £30,000+ debt after gaining a degree, and yet prisoners can obtain the same level of education but not be burdened with the same conditions. Whilst we understand that one of the aims of prison education is to reform; our campaign aim is to see that once released and earning they should face the same conditions of re-paying the government for the education they received.