If you think the wait to find out if your kids got the A level results needed to get into uni is stressful, dream on.
This bit is the walk in the park. It’s what happens next that you REALLY should be worrying about. They’re setting out on life’s big adventure with leg irons on. In the name of furthering their education and their job prospects, teens face £9,000 annual tuition fees, plus rent and living costs. Whether or not they come out with a decent degree in three years’ time, it’s a cert they will be broke - and highly likely without a job to go to. This summer, 46 graduates are competing for every job.
As if that’s not enough to keep empty-nesters awake at night, here’s another reason to worry. Darling Daughter could easily end up hawking her body to keep her university finances afloat.
Forget waitressing; poverty is pushing students to sell their souls and get jobs in the sex trade. Six per cent could be working as lap-dancers, strippers, escorts or prostitutes to pay their way through studies. Yet more could be manning sex chat-lines.
“But she’s actually studying for a nuclear physics degree...” has long been the excuse bandied by any sad sap frequenting lap-dancing clubs and strip joints. The fact that the nubile young thing straddling him has a brain in her head makes it acceptable to perv over her. She’s ‘clearly’ there because she wants to be, and not out of duress or drug addiction (one and the same, really).
But however much the customers - and many girls in denial - try to whitewash it, the sex industry is a dark, grubby scene that irrevocably changes people on the inside. Some education that is. No degree is worth it.
Researchers claim universities are turning a blind eye because they’re more concerned with their image than the safety and self-respect of their students, And, one assumes, their own finances. Student sex work could be making £355m a year for the higher education economy.
The emotional and physical welfare of their students is at risk. By standing by, then taking the dirty cash, they’re practically pimping.