Experts call for national debate about ‘culture and ambition in white working class families’ after figures show rise in university admissions for all ethnic groups except white people.
Experts have called for a national debate about “culture and ambition in white working class families” after it emerged that the number of young white people going to university has declined over the past three years, despite an overall increase in admissions.
New figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show the number of white students has fallen by more than 34,000 since 2013/14 – a decrease of 2 per cent – while in total enrolments rose by 1 per cent in the same period.
Other ethnic groups, meanwhile, saw significant increases, with the number of black students up by 11 per cent, Asian students by 12 per cent and those from other or mixed ethnic backgrounds by 18 per cent.
Think tanks and experts have warned that while the rise in BAME students is “welcomed,” the fall in the number of white entrants highlights the need for action to address the “scandalously poor” educational and economic performance of white working-class children.
They said the decline of white students could be a result of “low aspirations and underachievement” among white pupils at school, particularly outside London, where these youngsters are statistically less likely to achieve good GCSE and A-level results.