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The given charts give information about the number of students at university in the UK from 1991 to 2001, government spending and the types of family economic background they came from in 1991. The bar chart and the line graph illustrate the number of students and financial support each received from the government in the UK between 1991 and 2001, and the pie chart shows their family financial situations in 1991.


Overall, while there were increasingly more university students in the UK over the given period, they received dramatically less governmental support, with a sudden subsidy cut between 1993 and 1995. In 1991, a majority of UK students came from middle-income families.

Of the total student numbers in the UK, in 1991 there were about 1.1 million people pursuing college education in the UK. This figure then rose significantly by 400,000 in 1993, followed by a slight increase to around 1,6 million in 1995 and 1,65 million in 1997 before peaking at 2,1 million in the next two years. By 2001, the number had registered a minimal fall to 2 million. In contrast, experiencing a reverse trend, student grants offered by the government plummeted from more than 6,500 pounds in the first surveyed year to around 4,900 pounds in 1995. Since then, each student was provided with an unchanged amount of 4,800 pounds annually till 2001.

As far as family’s financial background of students in 1991 is concerned, the proportion of students belonging to the middle-income class was 62%, being nearly eightfold that of those living in low-income households and twofold that of those hailing from wealthy families.


In some countries, children are becoming overweight and unhealthy. Some people think that the government should be responsible for solving this problem.To what extent do you agree or disagree?


It is true that children in some parts of the world are becoming obese and unhealthy. I agree with the role of the government in resolving this vexing issue. However, I also believe that the role of parenting and school settings should also be emphasized.

Childhood obesity and children’s health problems should be partly blamed to the authority. We cannot deny the fact that overweight children are of high chance to be vulnerable tonumerous serious diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, which poses a dire threat tothe national growth of any country as they are the future’s human resources. As a result, the authority should be accountable for mitigating this problem. Take China as a good example, the governing body has been taking action to lower obesity rate among children by organizing boot camps where children are physically trained to lose weightand take up daily healthy habit. This is because China’s political activists are scared of the scenario that these overweight children will not be able to meet the physical demand to join the army.

Besides the governmental role, parents and schools are also liable for their children’s good health. Regarding the former, working parents nowadays tend to devote virtually their whole time to working in order to ensure material well-being, which means that they may spend less time carefully taking care of their children’s diet. Therefore, without supervision, children might eat unhealthy food or lead a sedentary lifestyle. This explains why close parental care and control is crucial in ensuring children’s balanced diet and healthy life. In terms of the role of education in teaching children about health living, some schools inclined to place emphasis on theoretical subjects as math and literature, and neglect the importance of physical education, which reduces their students’ workout frequency. School efforts to promote healthy diet and engage students in physical exercises are irreplaceable in tackling the problem of child obesity.

In conclusion, the government, parents and schools should all shoulder the responsibility for protecting their children from obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.


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