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Everyone should have opportunities to access education - Archibald

14 December, 2017 - by Caoimhe Archibald


Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said it is concerning that the UCAS End of Cycle Report for 2017 shows a drop in the entry rate of 18 year-olds to higher education from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in the north.

The Party's Further and Higher Education spokesperson said, "The UCAS End of Cycle Report for 2017 shows there was a small drop of 0.1 percent to 15.9 percent in the entry rate of 18 year-olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds while the entry rate of 18 year-olds from the most advantaged backgrounds increased by 0.8 percent to 46.6 percent.

"Pupils from the most advantaged backgrounds in the north are 2.9 times more likely to enter higher education than those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

"Everyone should have opportunities to access education and to achieve. Institutions have a duty to ensure a real emphasis is placed upon widening participation, particularly aimed at those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds." 

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