Universities accused of social engineeringDaily Mail.
In some cases, this can see a disadvantaged applicant with three Bs at A level winning a place over a privately educated applicant with three A*s. Critics said the system could discriminate against middle-class children whose parents have sacrificed a lot to give them a good education.
Ministers have previously urged universities to consider backgrounds – or “the contextual data” – when deciding whether to offer a place, and most do this on a case-by-case basis. But the latest plans are different – and more controversial – because they give each applicant a numerical score based partly on social background.
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