Free education for all

So what did you come up with your research for the subject of universally free education?

Now plan an answer to:

Education is not luxury, but a basic human right and as such should be free for everyone irrespective of personal wealth. Do you agree or disagree?

Don’t forget the second part of the prompt: ‘irrespective of personal wealth‘. So think about who should pay for it and why? And of course who shouldn’t pay for it and why?

Here is key vocabulary you can use:

‘a universal right

be made accessible to all

‘a policy of free education in all levels

great advantages to the state in the long-term

improve the economic condition of a nation’

human capital

‘on the personal/ state level’

amplify its human resource pool

‘provide a bank of qualified and skilled workers

distribute the wealth around the nation

‘can empower the marginalized and uncared for’

‘those who have to pay can end up in great debt

‘to democratize education by providing for all’

‘education is the most potent tool in transforming a nation’

An example of countries where you pay for education – the U.S.

Examples of countries where education is free –  Germany, Finland, Norway, Denmark

An example of a country transformed by education –  Singapore


ALISTAIR BROWN: As a writing and speaking examiner for more than 10 years, I bring a lot of experience. I have seen the frustrations that students have with IELTS from a career where I have actively guided and corrected students’ studies. I am looking for the most effective ways to teach IELTS as I understand students’ needs.