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Fiona, af­ter read­ing your views on univer­sity I found my­self think­ing how right you are. You say you stud­ied for an English de­gree but still haven’t found out what use it’s been to so­ci­ety, thus you have en­cour­aged your two boys to for­get univer­sity and get out into the work­place in­stead.

Sound ad­vice I say, be­cause once you leave school and man­age to get a well-paid, se­cure job, that’s when your ed­u­ca­tion re­ally starts. Stu­art Slinn Chester­field, Der­bys Fiona, I rarely agree with your views, but I do be­lieve you were right on univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion. Why do we need 50% of school leavers go­ing to univer­sity when 50% of jobs do not re­quire a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion? Many end up in jobs they could have trained for and earned a wage for on leav­ing school.

We’ve ended up with univer­sity-ed­u­cated young peo­ple who have no idea of real work­ing life un­til their mid-20s. It’s time the Gov­ern­ment puts more em­pha­sis on job train­ing and ap­pren­tice­ships. Let’s keep univer­sity for the ar­eas that re­ally need it, like medicine, law, ed­u­ca­tion etc. Ian Bent­ley, via email FP: Well, you may not agree with my views, but I cer­tainly agree with yours on uni, Ian! Fiona, my friend is 87 years old and he reads your page reg­u­larly. He has a back prob­lem and wanted to know the name of the med­i­ca­tion that you used that cured your back. Nazia, via email FP: There’s no med­i­ca­tion to “cure” back problems, Nazia, just strong painkillers to make it bear­able. I can, though, highly rec­om­mend reg­u­lar vis­its to a chi­ro­prac­tor – al­though it can be costly un­less it’s done via the NHS.

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