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I had to comment on your article What price education in (NCE 7 November) as I am married to a civil engineer with two sons aged 18 and 14. My eldest son, now in his second year of A level study, has decided he wants to follow in his father's footsteps and study to become a civil engineer.

I was quite shocked at the price of tuition fees, which, as I am bringing in a salary too, I will have to pay the full amount. I was also shocked to find that if you took a sandwich course (supposed to be the ideal way of gaining experience while learning) I would still be required to pay tuition fees for the year spent in industry!

I am trying to persuade my son not to take the entire student loan offered so he does not have a millstone around his neck when he starts his working life.

My other son does not want to go to university but would like to go into the engineering trade somewhere. He would like to go to a further education college while working as he knows he needs more qualifications than just GCSEs.

It will be interesting to see how my two sons progress in the world of higher education.

Karen Maxwell, karnken@hotmail. com

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