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Oxford fails to meet state school quota

first_imgOxford has yet again fallen short of the Government’s targets on state school student intake.In 2008, just 55.4% of the university’s incoming students were state school graduates, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. The government’s benchmark is set at 75.3%.Cambridge continues to enroll more state educated pupils than Oxford. However, while Oxford saw a 2% increase in successful state school applicants, Cambridge experienced of a slight decline in the percentage admitted, compared to last year.Both institutions have contested the validity of the benchmarks, with Oxford officials calling them “unrealistic.”Criticism has focused around the methodology employed since 2004 to calculate targets, which does not distinguish between A-levels and other qualifications when calculating student’s fitness for admission to Oxbridge.The system allocates points to students that can be accumulated in a variety of ways. These range from sitting A-levels, to completing vocational courses, to gaining a certificate in Horse Knowledge & Care from the British Horse Society.Oxford officials say this system artificially inflates the number of applicants deemed qualified for admission. “Admission to Oxford University is based on performance in academic subjects at full A-level that relate to our degree courses,” said a University spokesperson. “Those who actually gain three As at full A-level are numerically a smaller group than those who gain the tariff point equivalent.”Paul Dwyer, OUSU Vice President (Access and Academic Affairs), said he was glad the government had set the targets.“I think that it is commendable that the government has recognised the problem of under-representation of students educated at state schools at university, although feel that they have more work yet to do.”However, he echoed the University’s claim that state schools could not provide enough qualified candidates.“What the government target statistics do not take into account are the number of schools who are actually able to provide candidates who will get 3 As at A Level.“There are simply too many schools in the country who cannot provide the support and teaching resources for students to achieve this aim, which means that meeting the statistic is made a much harder task for the University.”The failure to meet benchmarks places Oxbridge under renewed pressure to widen access, with many students saying they felt more could be done. Jon Mellon, a PPEist at St Anne’s and a state school graduate said OUSU’s Target Schools scheme, which is backed by the University, was “a step in the right direction.” However, he added that he “didn’t get that much direction” from access schemes, aside from an interview training day that “wasn’t much use.”Chancellor Lord Patten has consistently defended Oxford’s record on access. In a speech last year he said, “However hard we try to widen participation at Oxbridge, and I am sure you could say the same at many other universities, there is no chance whatsoever of meeting the socio-economic targets set by agents of government so long as the proportion of students getting A grades in traditional academic A-level subjects at private and maintained schools stays the same. It is as simple as that.”Patten has also suggested that the government could pay for private schools to give special lessons to talented state school pupils applying to university.last_img read more

Rep.Banks demanding apology from House Speaker Pelosi regarding Trump diagnosis

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleUpswing in COVID-19 cases could lead to more restrictions in St. Joseph CountyNext articleIndiana posts highest daily COVID death total in months Network Indiana Twitter (Photo supplied/Jim Banks for Congress) Comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis made Representative Jim Banks (R-IN-3) upset.President Trump tested positive for coronavirus late last week.“We all received that news with great sadness. I always pray for the president and his family that they’re safe,” said Pelosi during an appearance on MSNBC on Friday. “This is tragic. It’s very sad. But it also is something that, again, going into crowds, unmasked, and all the rest, was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen,” she added.In a letter sent to Pelosi, Banks said her remarks were “insensitive” and that it sounded like she was suggesting Trump deserved to get coronavirus.“The insinuation that anyone would deserve to contract COVID-19 is offensive and shameful, and it’s especially insensitive to every single American whose family member or friend has perished because of this illness. That’s why we are writing to request you apologize to all those who have been directly affected by this devastating virus,” said Banks.Banks was asked on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning if he had received a response from Pelosi.“Well, of course not. I have not heard back from Speaker Pelosi and I don’t expect to. She hates the President so much that she’s gone so far to insinuate that anyone who picks up the coronavirus has been irresponsible. That deserves an apology to the American people,” said Banks.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also criticized Pelosi’s remarks, arguing she should focus on negotiating an additional coronavirus relief package that can pass both chambers. Facebook Google+ By Network Indiana – October 6, 2020 0 256 Rep.Banks demanding apology from House Speaker Pelosi regarding Trump diagnosis Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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