daughter is 3, and I have been studying via OUA since she was a baby. We all know the pp ends at 8 years of age - and honestly, as a single parent we all have a responsibility to be both mother and breadwinner... don't we know that too? The government see those 8 years as ample time to get a degree, or find a job with hours a mother can handle. Commonwealth supported places mean you don't actually pay for the degree until you are earning over a certain amount - even then the amount you pay each year is nothing to stress about.
I am 26 and plan on always being a good mother to my daughter, even if I do have to spend her naps and late nights studying and starting full time work once she goes to school. Single mothers shouldn't expect to be 'looked after' by the government until their children turn 18. That is just my opinion though I know many other single mums would disagree! I personally don't like living on the pension and can't stand the thought of doing it for 8 years, I think I would feel the same if the government were exchanged for a man and I was a happily married woman, I'm an independent person with my own goals. Again I understand some women DO want to dedicate themselves entirely to their children, but when we are single there are sacrifices that come with it whether we like it or not. There is no one to fall back on, not even the government.