Progress Test - CRIME AND PUNISHMENT / BEHAVIOUR AND MANNERS
Here’s a letter written in response to an article which emphasises the importance of education and suggests that the government should seek ways to increase a number of young people entering universities. Read it carefully and choose one option for each point in the task that follows.
- Sir: I disagree with your correspondents who believe the Government should try to reverse
- the trend of fewer state pupils going to university (Letters, 26 July). On the contrary, it
- should encourage it.
- I have just received a letter turning me down in my application for a fairly modest
- administrative job, because I cannot compete with the other applicants on skills and
- The reason I do not have sufficient skills and experience is that I spent four years in higher
- education studying for an upper second joint honours degree, therefore not gaining work
- skills directly relevant to the creation of wealth. This is why a degree can have an adverse
- effect on a young person's employability similar to that of a criminal record.
- The Higher Education Statistical Agency has recently reported that a third of graduates are
- stuck in bar-work, shelf-filling and other menial jobs in which they often start at the
- bottom and stay there. If some talented young people had decided to go straight to work
- instead of university, they could have taken occupational training courses and prospered,
- instead of being condemned to a miserable life of anything from low-paid menial work to
- unemployability and economic inactivity.
- Young people who can cope with a degree course to the benefit of both themselves and the
- university should go there only if they are wealthy enough not to have to work for a living,
- or if they are certain that they will get a graduate job.
- The lower down the social pecking order they are, the greater the likelihood that the class
- ceiling will prevent them from doing so. A faw-faw in your accent will often open more
- doors than a MA. after your name.
Select one of the topics and write a text of about 200-250 words
Write a letter to the editor disagreeing with the letter in Ex II, Reading Comprehension. Organize your arguments around the importance of education in getting your dream career. In your letter:
- Make reference to the letter that you have read
- Talk about your own experiences
- Specify the problem and/or express your opinion on the problem
- Offer a solution and/or write a conclusion