This blog isn’t about politics but sometimes I get so cross I just want to GROWL.
The government wants to create ‘extra’ places for rich kids to pay their way into a good university: if they pass the entrance requirements.
We are supposed to believe that these kids,
who would have got in on merit anyway, honest guv,
are willing to pay considerably more for their education, just because they can.
The only entrance requirement will be the size of their cheque book.
The idea of offering places to thick, rich kids is especially galling this morning. I’ve just been talking to my daughter about one of her friends. He moved to the sixth form at her school from a secondary that has just come out of special measures. His GCSE results were okay – no A stars but, considering the school he came from, he had done remarkably well. His A/S results, however, are outstanding and his A-level results are likely to be the same.
He has been turned down for every good university he applied to because his GCSE results are not strong enough. No allowance will be made for poor education because his secondary school is no longer in ‘special measures.’
The unfairness of this makes sick. The only way kids should get to university is on merit and yet all through our education system, the less well off are disadvantaged. Not helping bright, motivated, young people – those who are struggling against peer pressure and poor teaching – to get a decent education, is not only wrong, it’s stupid.
We should not be diluting our universities with youngsters who are not clever enough to be there. University should be for the brightest of people regardless of background, status or the size of their wallet.
Not that I think University is the only route for success in life – I absolutely don’t, but that’s a whole different growl…