According to a research, students belonging to wealthier backgrounds are more likely to attend the UK’s top universities as compared to students from poor families.
Figures reveal that 18 year old white pupils are less likely to continue education or start a job or training as compared to pupils of other racial groups.
The data also shows that poor teenagers who are qualified for free school meals (FSM) are also less likely to attend any university or go for work or training.
These figures were published by the Department for Education (DfE) to provide information on the background of students and what they did after completing their A-levels.
The figures also revealed that students belonging to poor backgrounds weren’t able to continue their studies, regardless of their ages when they leave school. In 2010-11, almost 46% FSM students continued their education at the age of 18, as compared to 48% of the non-FSM students. More than 82% of 16 year old students who claimed free dinners continued with their education and job as compared to 90% of other students who didn’t.
The study was also broken down on the basis of racial groups showing that Asian students were the most likely to continue education after their A-levels. Overall, in 2010-11, 80% of Asian students continued to study further or get a job as compared to 69% of white students, 78% of black students and 72% of students from mixed cultural backgrounds.
“These statistics underline, yet again, the gap between the achievement of children from poorer backgrounds, and their better off peers. Too often the poorest children are left with no choice but the worst schools while the rich can send their children to a private school or move house into the catchment area of a good school,” said a DfE spokesperson.