they had to devise a system that was seen to be fair for home students, whose parents have made a life-long contribution to UK economy and national/local life, who should get the first choice for publicly-funded uni places.
Thanks Joppa, That, along with the flood of EU students able to now easily access the UK tips the scales I suppose into introducing what is effectively a ridiculous law.
By contrast the new families who have legally become citizens of the UK, are discriminated against regardless of their track record through either their generation's commitment or intention to make their contribution to the UK. So for them the 3-year rule and requirement to NOT have been in education prior to going to university is ridiculous, no matter how you cut it.
Tell me why you think the following is not ridiculous:
A NEW British citizen,( after years of his/her British mother being discriminated against (UKM) and prevented from passing citizenship on to her kids) , makes the UK his/her home along with his/ her family.
In this British citizen's lifetime, his/her kids will in their lifetime be treated like an outsider since all of his/her kids years prior to university will have been in education and therefore not eligible for home rates and student loans.
Do you not think that is ridiculous?
He/she is a new citizen properly processed- has never had the opportunity before to live in the UK- and his/her kids are now discriminated against (again I might add), over any equivalent of Tom, Dick, or Harry that waltzes over the EU border and enjoys local rates.
Doesn't that seem wrong?!