MSP asserts that the SNP has failed middle-class pupils with its social engineering initiatives

MSP asserts that the SNP has failed middle-class pupils with its social engineering initiatives

It has been asserted that due to the SNP’s social engineering efforts, teens from middle-class households have “no chance” of gaining admission to elite university programs.

Teenagers from middle-class backgrounds have 'no chance' of winning places on prestigious university courses because of the SNP's social engineering policies, it has been claimed (pictured: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon)
This year, according to data from the University of Edinburgh, no Scottish student who was not designated as “disadvantaged” got a seat on its law programme.

Those from prestigious schools and less disadvantaged families were also rejected from business, Japanese, and combined philosophy and psychology programs.

It prompted warnings from critics that rules intended to force institutions to broaden access had, in fact, shut the door on large segments of normal families.

The Labour MSP who unearthed the data, Michael Marra, stated, “No matter your background, rich or poor, if you work hard and get the grades, you should have access.”

It has been asserted that due to the SNP’s social engineering measures, middle-class adolescents have “zero chance” of gaining admission to elite university programs Labour MSP Michael Marra, who uncovered the figures, said: 'No matter your background, rich or poor, if you work hard, and you get the grades, you should be able to get access'

Of the 1,200 Scots who applied to the institution to study law, 659 were identified as widening access, compared to 555 unassigned applicants.

Subsequently, around 170 students from disadvantaged families were offered admission, whereas no student without a widening access category was admitted.

72 international students were accepted to study law alongside 19 British students.

Ms. Sturgeon, a graduate of Glasgow University’s law program, attended Greenwood Academy in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire, between 1982 and 1988.

In response to the statistics, she stated, “The data paint a very, very positive picture for applicants from disadvantaged areas.”

In my early years as first minister, I was frequently criticized for the fact that too few young people from disadvantaged communities attended college.

However, industry analysts remain skeptical.

Professor Alan Smithers, director of the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Education and Employment Research, stated that the rules “close more doors than they open.”

The Labour MSP who unearthed the data, Michael Marra, stated, “No matter your background, rich or poor, if you work hard and get good grades, you should be able to gain access.”

He stated, “These astounding statistics demonstrate that a policy intended to foster diversity can, in fact, drastically weaken it by excluding the middle class.

This will only serve to damage colleges and ultimately society. It would be more prudent to offer equal opportunity and allow colleges to admit on the basis of merit, when diversity would organically emerge.

A representative for the University of Edinburgh stated, “We take our commitment to broadening access very seriously and acknowledge that a long-term, sustained effort is necessary to achieve meaningful social mobility in communities.”

Since 2015, the proportion of pupils from Scotland’s most disadvantaged districts has nearly doubled. More than eighty percent of our applicants from Scotland continuously attend a public school.

The amount of students we can take from Scotland is regulated by the Scottish Government, so applicants only compete with individuals from their own fee pool, i.e. Scotland, the rest of the United Kingdom, and overseas students.

This indicates that the number of international student spots has no influence on the number of spots available to students from Scotland or the rest of the United Kingdom.

 

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