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Cambridge University to Scrap Target for State School Applicants

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Last Updated: 30 Mar, 2024

Cambridge University has announced that it will be scrapping its target for admissions from state schools.

Cambridge University has announced that it will be scrapping its target for admissions from state schools. The university previously aimed to increase the proportion of such students from 63.4% to 69.1%, in order to reduce the impact of social inequality on access to education.

University leaders explained the decision by saying that the quota had not achieved the desired result. The proportion of state school students at Cambridge has indeed increased, but not as significantly as planned. Additionally, the quota, according to the leadership, could have led to a decline in the quality of education.

Supporters of the quota criticize the university's decision, arguing that it will exacerbate social inequality in education. They point out that applicants from private schools tend to have a higher level of preparation and more opportunities to enter prestigious universities.

Opponents of the quota believe that it is unfair to applicants from other schools, who may be just as talented and motivated as their peers from state schools.

The decision by Cambridge University has caused a wide public outcry. It is expected that it could lead to a review of admissions policies at other universities in the UK.

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