Re: Governments are useless..
I agree that the onus for their choice should be upon the student, but those young people need to be equipped with sufficient information to be able to look five years or more ahead. Someone has to fund that research, and you can be damn sure industry would slant it their way if they were the ones paying -- and they'd have no qualms about setting it aside if it became inconvenient a year or two later. Governments should at least be taking a longer view, one which benefits the country as a whole, and also -- theoretically at least -- can be held responsible for their failings. Governments are also uniquely placed to provide incentives to support a desired objective which is subjectively seen by young people as too hard a course, a vocation slagged off by the tabloids, uncool etc.