Time to force a social balance?

“It probably comes as little surprise to anyone with half an eye on the world of education that students from wealthy backgrounds nab more university places than their less well-off peers. But the size of the gulf between rich and poor – revealed today by Education Guardian – makes for enlightening reading. Young people from the most affluent homes are twice as likely as the average teenager to go to university, and more than four-and-a-half times as likely to get into a top-ranking university. At Bristol, a member of the elite Russell Group of older universities, more than half of students come from the most affluent quarter of the UK population. Just 3% come from the poorest quarter. Evidently, many able young people are missing out – and on a scale that should make us angry and ashamed …” (more)

[Claire Phipps, Guardian, 3 February]

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