UK grads who move overseas without repaying student loans should be arrested, according to expert
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Education expert Sam Cannicott is suggesting that graduates who move overseas and neglect to repay their student loans after their studies, should be arrested. Cannicott, who works for Statistics New Zealand, got this idea from the Oceanic country’s “no nonsense approach” in collecting student loan repayment. He’s authored an entire report on how the UK could learn from New Zealand’s higher education sector, pointing out the “timidity of the steps taken in the UK” when it comes to dealing with this particular issue. “Former students who fail to make repayments face arrest at the New Zealand border, which is proving to be a strong deterrent.” The former Regent’s University London employee, also explains how “breaking the link” between income and loan repayments for grads who go overseas, like New Zealand has done, “removes bureaucratic barriers” that make it harder to hunt down repayment. “Brexit presents an opportunity for the UK to learn from New Zealand because there is less need to ensure the repayment terms of EU students are the same as those for domestic students.” Cannicott says.
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