The latest news from the BBC involves paying kids to pass their exams. Last we checked, this was the province of parents, not the government – and certainly not the taxpaying public. School funding should be used for improving schools and the quality of education offered, not paying off children to put down their X-Box controller and do what is expected of them. Everyone should have equal opportunity to learn – however if a child chooses to be part of the chaff and not the wheat, that’s a personal decision, and not one that taxpayers should be forced to bribe them on. Let’s use those funds to instill a love of learning through better classes and teachers – not through reinforcing the notion that learning is drudgery to be endured. And we say this as a couple of former students who, had we been British and under this plan, would have made bank.