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.”

Oxford University has several outreach programs for high-achieving students from state schools and underprivileged backgrounds. They’re members of the UNIQ Summer Schools programme that offers free summer school for state students in their first year of college. 
 
Last year, Oxford University offered 59.2 percent of its places to pupils from public schools. 
 
They also have “Target Oxbridge”, a programme that helps “high-achieving black students” gain places at Cambridge and Oxford.
 
However, critics have argued this isn’t enough. Lammy pointed to data published in the Guardian that showed 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not admit a black British pupil with A-levels in 2015.
 
“This is social apartheid and it is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain,” said Lammy.
 
“Difficult questions have to be asked, including whether there is systematic bias inherent in the Oxbridge admissions process that is working against talented young people from ethnic minority backgrounds.”

An Oxford University official said the university would not consider lowering the grade offers and the problem lies with the schools. 

Sources

The Guardian

  • I_heard_Buddy_Bolden_Say

    You get into where you can, and you make the best of it. The basis of the meaning of high achievement is it isn’t supposed to be easy access, that’s the entire point

  • shhhhh

    HAHAHA!!! Love It. I commit Social apartheid all the time… I segregate myself from morons constantly. It is nice to see an actually university do it! Kudos to them

  • Bobby Barrett

    If you are not as qualified as others to get into a program or school or job, it’s not apartheid, racism, sexism, discrimination or hate. It’s simply best person for the opportunity / position. What sort of a future society will we have if the less qualified decide, manage and run everything?

  • Paul

    David Lammy is the British version of race baiting Al Sharon.

  • myddrinemrys

    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.”
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    We already did this in the states. It has led to students accumulating huge amounts of debt but not graduating because they can’t handle the rigor of the classes.

    • MisterGoldiloxx

      Or, they can handle the classes but choose a ridiculous leftist major where a degree doesn’t provide a pathway to a good job.

      • myddrinemrys

        But….but….but…. are you saying that there is a limit to the number of people that can get good paying jobs with a Major in Gender Studies and a minor in Underwater Basketweaving????? Shocked, I tell you! Shocked, I am.

  • Hairatic Rick

    I would not be accepted into Oxford even though I have three outstanding degrees from three outstanding universities. It is because I’m white ⁉ HA! Stick to your guns Oxford! 😁

  • Jerakeen

    It couldn’t be that not enough suitably qualified black people applied could it?

  • xynx

    Thomas Sowell had it right.The kids in the States are given the bias bypass then do terrible in the school, The race peddler then states it is racist to have the higher standards of the school they demanded the kid get into so the school should lower the standards or at minimum, grade of a curve.

    If thats the logic, then why not send the kid to a lower standard school in the first place? If all you want is the name but not the above par education, why say they should go to school at all, just give them a trophy degree with the right name and make the name worthless.

    Oh, thats right, thats the end game….sorry, should have given a spoiler alert

  • Jimney Cricket

    There’s always Gender studies. lmao

  • Steve O

    A mathematically unavoidable effect of lowering academic standards for any particular group is that the average level of ability of that group within the student body will be will be lower the average. Set aside issue of unfairness and resentment that such a policy can create.

    Lowering standards for an identifiable group gives the entire student body the real life experience that that particular identifiable group is less intelligent, and less capable than average.

  • John Brown

    I can’t swim, drain the pool please to make it fair.