Here is a letter I wrote to both Senator Carr (minister for higher education) & Bill Shorten (minister for education)
Dear Senator Carr
I wanted to raise with you my concerns about the cost of higher education. I’m a teacher and want to get further qualified to improve my teaching. I have just enrolled in a graduate diploma of mathematics. I am paying my course via fee help, because I cannot afford to pay upfront fees. I am appalled that this 12 month period of study is going to cost me $14,800. That is an absurd amount of money to educate myself and contribute to society.
I feel frustrated and angry that money is a barrier to people aspiring to learn new things. There are many people who aren’t prepared to put themselves that far in debt for the sake of education.
I understand that education costs money, I am not denying that, however, the cost of 12 months education (via distance may I add) is utterly ludicrous.
I hope you can use your position to do something about this. It’s simply not good enough. If we are to build up our society we need to encourage education. The price tag associated with higher education means that many people simply do not educate themselves. This makes us much poorer as a nation and we must do something about it.
The nations of the world with the lowest unemployment and crime rates all have one thing in common; high levels of education. Let us move towards being one of those nations. Let us not punish those who want to learn and contribute to society.
If you want to use this letter to send the same message, feel free.
You can contact Senator Kim Carr HERE
You can contact MP Bill Shorten HERE