Nigel Farage is laughing at your humanities degree

And he doesn’t even have one

Boisterous UKIP leader Nigel Farage thinks humanities degrees are rubbish.

His UKIP manifesto pledges those wanting to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine will go free – but humanities students will still have to pay nasty £9k tuition fees.

When we grilled him on BBC Radio Five on Friday, Farage told us: “We’re sending too many people to university.

“I am suggesting that we have down-played the learning of trades and skills in this country through a bizarre form of snobbery.”

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Talking to The Tab, Farage added that that in doing so, UKIP would fill the apparent “skills gap” created by too few students with the proficiency to go into industries such as engineering.

The UKIP leader said: “I am suggesting that we’re sending too many people to university.

“I am suggesting that we have down-played the learning of trades and skills in this country through a bizarre form of snobbery.”

There is a slight catch in their manifesto – fees would only actually be waived if graduates work and pay tax in the UK for five years, and it’s “subject to academic performance”.

By leaving the £9k fees untouched for other students, Nige hopes to avert the astounding crisis of graduates with humanities degrees.

Presenter Nicky Campbell piped up to defend the legitimacy of non-science subjects, saying “We haven’t got enough historians who know when the Battle of Waterloo was!”

Probing the leader he said: “Why are science, technology, engineering and maths superior when it comes to learning?”

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However the UKIP leader stood by his policy, explaining how less people should be going to university if they’re going to graduate with a humanities degree.

“Where there are skills shortages, we want to get rid of tuition fees.

“It’s not going to please everybody.”

Surprisingly, Farage didn’t actually attend university, and it appears he wants more young people to follow his footsteps.

Asking whether my degree in Linguistics was irrelevant, I was quickly ignored.

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The UKIP manifesto also pledges to “review which educational institutions are eligible to enrol international students”, meaning that we could be waving goodbye to multicultural unis.

The party would withdraw visas from any international students with poor attendance and “colleges not reporting absentees will be barred from accepting international students.”

They add that “all non-UK undergraduate and postgraduate students will be required to maintain private health insurance for the period of their study.”

 

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