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Should Rich Foreigners Pay Triple For British Private Schools?

surrey-private-schoolAn educational expert says that wealthy foreign pupils should pay triple for private schools in the United Kingdom than British pupils.

The expert, Charles Bonas, says that it is not fair for foreign students to benefit from fees that are a lots less than in countries such as the US or Switzerland, in particular when those pupils come from countries with low or no taxes.

Mr Bonas is proposing that those foreign students should pay a lot more because “most international parents do not make significant contributions” to the British economy over many generations.

The comments made waves ahead of the world’s biggest exhibition forum private schools in the UK that is taking place in the British capital this weekend.

According to recent reports, fees and UK for private schools are at their least affordable since the 1960s. There are increased concerns that future generations in particular of pupils coming from middle-class families can benefit from this type of top education.

Mr Bonas, in an interview with journalists: ” “Top private schools are oversubscribed so they can fill their places several times over but with fees at £35,000 they have become unaffordable to the squeezed middle.Yet if you look at Switzerland, boarding schools are charging much higher fees. But they have become the preserve of the international rich. The great thing about British boarding schools is that they can encourage social mobility because they’ve got many children on bursaries.”

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UK Rerunning Emission Tests You to VW Scandal

The United Kingdom is conducting its own enquiry into car emissions and testing as a result of the recent VW emission scandal. The British government aims to run new tests on engines from across the industry.

The tests that will be conducted by the British Vehicle Certification Agency will be done in conjunction with various carmakers. The British government moreover wants the European commission to launch Europe-wide emission tests.

Patrick McLaughlin, the British transport secretary stated to the press that the British government is taking the actions of VW extremely seriously. He added that it is his priority to protect the public as they go through the process of investigating what went wrong and what can be done to stop similar things happening in the future.

“We have called on the EU to conduct a Europe-wide investigation into whether there is evidence that cars here have been fitted with defeat devices. In the meantime we are taking robust action.” he is quoted saying.

In addition to the United Kingdom, Italy and France also want to take action in the wake of the mission scandal. The two nations want to conduct random tests and cars to check whether those cars has also been fitted with the software to cheat the official emission tests.

As a result of the scandal, the German stock market dropped 1.9% yesterday. Germans VW is not the only carmaker affected by the scandal. Among those German manufacturers who last shares is BMW whose stock dropped more than 5% and Daimler who last more than 4% in shares.