Nieuws - 21 maart 2005

‘Dumbing down’

The percentage of university students in England graduating with an honours degree has increased by half in the last five years.

According to an article in the Daily Mail last Monday, in 1998 only ten percent of students graduated with the highest accolade, an honours degree. Now the figure stands at fifteen percent. Assuming students are not getting cleverer, the reason for the rise would seem to be a decline in the level of degree courses, hence the ‘dumbing down’. That university education is becoming simpler is a bitter pill to swallow in England, with its tradition of elitist higher education. In addition, the numbers going to university have risen in the last years and many are worried that the level of education is falling, whether through students of a lower calibre or education becoming too large scale. The news would seem to vindicate these worries.