24 Jul 2012
The National Union of Students has released a report calling for fairer access to Scottish universities for youngsters from deprived backgrounds.
It has stated that for every one person at university from a low-income home, there are 16 from “privileged” backgrounds.
Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith MSP said:
“Our priority should be making every school in Scotland a good one, not setting entry targets for universities.
“Improving the quality of schools and raising pupil aspiration will have a far better chance of improving social mobility within our further and higher education systems.
“Interfering with entry requirements threatens to further undermine the autonomy of our institutions and that is something to be resisted.
“The problem with so many disadvantaged communities is not the lack of access to university, but a lack of aspiration to apply in the first place.”