Nick Clegg attacks Oxford University entry system-But is he contradicting himself?
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After years of criticism aimed at its elitist entry procedures and a recent warning from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Oxford University appears to be taking further steps to offer opportunities to students from less- privileged backgrounds. Criticism of the institution has been recently backed up with threats of Government financial support if they failed to improve on their entry requirements and open up more places to students from a variety of backgrounds. David Cameron, a former Oxford student himself, labelled it a "disgrace" that there had been just one black pupil admitted to the University last year, and backed Clegg's decision. Clegg shared the same sentiment, “Here’s a fact: last year, only 40 – four zero — children who had been on free school meals — in other words from the more disadvantaged families in this country — got into either Oxford or Cambridge, and that was a lower number than the year before.” The Deputy Prime Minister added, “So we do need to make real efforts to say to universities: if you want to continue to get support from the taxpayer to educate our young people, you’ve got to make sure that British society is better reflected in the people you take into the university in the first place.”
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