Oxford University has been accused of “social apartheid”, as one in three colleges did not admit a single black British A-level student in 2015, though the school has yet to release applicant demographic data.
The basic requirement to get into Oxford is 3 As, a feat only achieved by less than 13 percent of students, according to the Department of Education.
Labour MP David Lammy, former Labour minister for higher education, has suggested Oxford University lower the grade requirement for working-class students in order to bridge the “attainment gap.”
According to the Guardian, four-fifths of students accepted at Oxford between 2010 and 2015 had parents with top professions.
Lammy spoke to the Guardian about the issue.
“Cambridge University did some research on this very fact last year and if you look at the contextual data, if you look at these people from a housing estate who went to a state school if they got 3 As they do better when they get to Oxford than those from public schools.”
An Oxford University official said the university would not consider lowering the grade offers and the problem lies with the schools.