Poor effort, Cherry stated clearly “huge debt”, your mostly false findings refers specifically to “significant debt”. You are not comparing like with like and “significant” is an entirely subjetcive term NOT used in the statement in question. What is “significant” is that in comparison to the other UK Nations Scotlands student debt is greatly reduced. Whethr the figure for Scotland is considered “significant” is your term so invalid to the fact check statement, but in comparison to the others it surely cannot be considered huge if it is in fact a fraction. Suggest further consideration on this one chaps.
Thought the same when I read the article… Joanna Cherry, being a lawyer to trade, is always very precise with her words.
The Ferret is, normally, as well. Unusual slip-up from them…
There are several serious problems with this article and The Ferret needs to take another look at the issue.
They do not define “huge debt”.
They SEEM to be implying that students in Scotland leave with the same debt as students in England and Wales, which is a ridiculous claim on the very face of it.
They attribute the normal cost of living as an educational expense. Are they seriously proposing that were the students out of education they would not have costs of housing, food, etc.? That these costs are attributable to education is False.
They follow up with the comment that in Wales students have less debt because they are offered LOANS. Loans do not decrease debt. The interest increases it.
This is not up to the usual standards of The Ferret and I am disappointed in the sloppy work here.