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Elite education – Poor excluded from top schools

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Britain’s top universities give preferential access to students from the country’s private schools, according to a study released by an education charity in England, Reuters reported on June 5.

The Sutton Trust released a study that found private school students are 25 times more likely to secure access to Britain’s top universities than students from public schools.

“The field from which the country recruits its future elite turns out to be extraordinarily narrow,” the report said.

Children from private schools took up 39 percent of seats in Britain’s top universities, when that figure should just be 28 percent.

The report prompted the government to criticize admissions policies at the universities. Some critics counter that if standards were raised in public schools, more students would be accepted.

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