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Exclusive: Treat white working-class boys like ethnic minority, Willetts tells universities - Education News - Education - The Independent

Universities will be told they should recruit more white, working-class boys in the wake of figures showing a massive slump in applications from men for courses.

The Universities minister David Willetts wants white, working-class teenage boys put in the same category as students from other disadvantaged communities and ethnic minorities - as groups that should be targeted for recruitment.

Promoting access for boys, particularly for working-class boys, seems pretty uncontroversial. But unless he has numbers indicating that white working-class boys have a lower rate of university access than non-white working-class boys, the introduction of the racial element is completely outrageous.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 10:04:57 AM EST
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