The Federal Government’s “job-ready graduates” package has come under fire for building unfairness into university student fees.
From 2021, new science students will while fees for many humanities and social science courses will double.
Education Minister Dan Tehan the legislated changes would “incentivise students to make more job-relevant choices”.
However, Margaret Gardner, chair of the Group of Eight research universities, the policy ignored the evidence on which degrees actually lead to employment.
“People who do humanities degrees and social science degrees get jobs at about exactly the same rate as science graduates,” she said.
Is she correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.
Professor Gardner’s claim is a fair call.
Employment rates, covering either full-time or part-time work, for humanities and social science graduates are roughly the same as those for science graduates.
Census data for 25-34 year-olds with a bachelor degree shows that 94.7 per cent