Fees-free students struggling with uni, report finds

From Morning Report, 8:19 am on 16 June 2020

Research indicates the government's fees-free policy is persuading students to enrol in university who are not well-equipped to cope.

The study of 1000 first-year students at the University of Canterbury last year found a quarter enrolled only because of the policy.

That group had worse marks and less confidence than other students and were more likely to consider dropping out.

Here's RNZ education correspondent, John Gerritsen.