Top UK universities, summer schools, mentoring programmes
University access not fair
London, May 26: None of them work. The elaborate schemes supposed to widen access to
the UK's top universities - the summer schools, the mentoring
programmes, the taster days, the bursaries and scholarships - have
failed. The proportion of poor students these universities accept has
fallen over the past 15 years.
A new report by the Office for
Fair Access (Offa) shows that intelligent children from the richest 20
per cent of homes in England are seven times more likely to attend a
high-ranking university than intelligent children from the poorest 40
per cent. In the mid-1990s they were six times more likely. The better
the college, the worse the figures become. The Higher Education
Statistics Agency publishes the figures for individual universities.
I've just been through the spreadsheets.
In 2002-3, when the
data begins, 5.4 per cent of students at Cambridge and 5.8 per cent of
students at Oxford came from "low participation neighbourhoods". By
2008-9, the proportion had fallen to 3.7 per cent and 2.7 per cent.
This has happened despite 13 years of a Labour government that listed
its priorities as "education, education, education", and tens of
millions spent - particularly by Oxford and Cambridge - on outreach and
People of my social background (upper middle
class) dominate every economic sector except those - such as sport and
hard science - in which only raw ability counts. Through networking,
confidence, unpaid internships - most importantly through our
attendance at the top universities - we run the media, politics, the
civil service, the arts, the financial sector, law, medicine, big
business, the armed forces, even, in many cases, the protest movements
challenging these powers.
The Milburn report, published last
year, shows that 45 per cent of top civil servants, 53 per cent of top
journalists, 32 per cent of MPs, 70 per cent of finance directors and
75 per cent of judges come from the seven per cent of the population
who went to private schools. Even the beneficiaries should be able to
see that this system is grotesque, invidious and socially destructive.
from privileged homes begin to creep ahead of their peers long before
school begins: the link between background and attainment, Offa says,
is evident at 22 months. But schooling widens the gap. By the time they
sit exams at 16, the children of higher professionals are nearly three
times as likely to get five good grades as the children of people in
routine work. Fewer working-class children take A-level exams at 18,
and those who do get lower scores. Pupils at private schools account
for some 15 per cent of entries but take around 30 per cent of A grades.
this isn't just about grades. Even when children from poorer homes do
well, they are less likely to apply to the top universities. Going by
grades alone, there's a shortfall of some 4,500 state sector pupils who
should, all else being equal, enrol on the UK's top courses. These
students aren't applying partly because their schools don't encourage
them to do so; partly because they feel that the top universities
aren't for the likes of them.
Private schools, by comparison,
groom their pupils for Oxford and Cambridge. They pass from the
quadrangles of Eton school to the quadrangles of Oxford with a sense of
The Offa report is coherent and persuasive - until
it starts making recommendations. It documents the utter failure of
existing measures to redress the problem. The Guardian
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vacations schedule
Peshawar: The Elementary and Secondary Education Department of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has notified the schedule of vacations for the year
2010–11 for all the government and private schools in the province.
to a notification issued here on Monday, all schools of plain areas in
the province would observe summer vacations from June I to August 31
(for primary level) and from June 15 to Aug 31 (for middle and above
level). While winter vacations will be observed from Dec 25 to Dec 31.
all schools of hilly/snowy areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will observe
spring vacations from April I to April 7 and summer vacations from July
Is to July 31, while winter vacations will be observed from Dec 25 to
Feb 28. Dawn
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Teacher dies in Mastung target killing
Quetta: A retired school teacher was gunned down in an incident of target killing in Mastung on Tuesday.
to sources, Abdul Jalil was coming out from a bank when unidentified
armed motorcyclists fired at him resulting in his instant death and
injuring a passer-by. The assailants managed to flee. Police reached
the spot and cordoned off the area. The victim's body was shifted to a
local hospital and was handed over to his family after an autopsy.
According the police, the incident is a case of target killing. Police
registered a case and have started investigations.
incident, an unidentified man stabbed victim Muhammad Iqbal to death.
Iqbal was rushed to Civil Hospital, Mastung where doctors advised that
he be shifted to Quetta for better medical treatment. However, on the
way to Quetta, Iqbal succumbed to his injuries. Police handed over the
victim's body to his family. Daily times
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Graduation ceremony held at PAF Academy Risalpur
Peshawar: The graduation ceremony of Flying Instructors' Course was held at Flying
Instructor's School, PAF Academy, Risalpur. Air vice Marshal Hafeez Ullah,
Air Officer Commanding, PAF Academy, Risalpur was the chief guest on the
occasion. The chief guest awarded certificate and trophy to the graduating
Squadron Leader Farooq Akbar
won the Chief of the Air Staff's Trophy for best all round performance in the
course. The graduating batch of instructor pilots belongs to Pakistan Air Force,
Army and Navy.
Addressing the graduating
instructor pilots, the chief guest urged upon graduating Flying Instructors to
be a true source of motivation, inspiration and role model for student pilots.
He expressed his resolve that
Pakistan Air Force is ready to extend whole-hearted support to the sister
services in grooming the officers capable enough for deployment in defense of
the motherland. App
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US to support Hazara University
Mansehra: The US Consulate General in Peshawar will support the
Hazara University in English language and journalism fields.
A delegation of the US Consulate General, led by Public Affairs Officer
John Sebra, on Tuesday visited the Hazara University and met
vice-chancellor Dr Syed Sakhawat Shah and exchanged views on matters of
mutual interest, says a press release.
The delegation also
held a meeting with heads of English and Journalism and Mass
Communication departments and got information about degree programmes
in both the departments.
Mr Sebra offered mutual cooperation
between faculty and students with their counterparts in the USA to
expand the circle of academic activities.
He also expressed
willingness to offer cooperation with the Journalism and Mass
Communication department and possible linkages with the Voice of
Dr Shah told the delegation that the Hazara
University was a partner in Pre-STEP and USAID programmes and four
students of the university had selected for the Fulbright scholarship
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