White boys are the ONLY group to have seen a decline in college as the number has fallen 10% in seven years
- Number of white men in education has fallen by almost ten percent
- Shocking inequality reveals analysis of UCAS numbers by The Mail on Sunday
- The number of white men has fallen from 127,330 in 2020 to 127,250 this year
More students are winning university places in every demographic of the UK – except white men.
Figures show that the number of white men moving on to education has fallen by almost ten percent compared to 2014. In contrast, the number of Asian men getting a place has increased by 26 percent and Asian women by 39 percent.
The shocking disparity is apparent from analysis of figures from the recording service UCAS by The Mail on Sunday.
This year, a record number of British applicants have secured their place within a month of the A-level results day, with 448,080 students starting their education this autumn, up from 441,720 last year.
The number of white men has fallen from 127,330 in 2020 to 127,250 this year – just the latest evidence of a long-term decline
But the number of white men has fallen from 127,330 in 2020 to 127,250 this year — just the latest evidence of a long-term decline.
The alarming statistics will revive fears that working-class white workers are falling behind in the race to gain the qualifications normally needed to get good jobs, and that the government’s “equalization agenda” is faltering.
In a report this year, MPs found that white children who received free school meals — and especially boys — consistently underperform other ethnic groups in school.
As a result, only 13 percent of working-class white boys go on to higher education. The Education Select Committee report warned that these children had failed from decades of neglect.
It said universities failed to set goals to increase the number of white working-class students and, most controversially, that the increasing use of the term “white privilege” in debates about inequality could be divisive. Peter Edwards, a chemistry professor at Oxford University, said the UCAS numbers indicate a pattern of underachievement among the largest group of disadvantaged students. “These young people see the ongoing special dispensations like quotas that target other groups who actually consistently outperform working-class white men,” he said.
“I have seen academics’ genuine disgust and contempt for the mores of the white working class. These young people have a lot to contribute and their ambitions now need to be revived. My concern is that their sense of being forgotten at the expense of other groups will lead to serious social problems.’
The Education Select Committee report warned that these children had failed from decades of neglect
Many academics are calling on the government to address the problem. “Successive governments have failed these children,” said Professor Matthew Goodwin of Kent University. “Everyone has become obsessed with every disadvantaged group except this one. Something has to change and Boris Johnson should do a lot more to take these kids to the next level.”
The Ministry of Education said last night: ‘We have made real progress in supporting more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education, with record numbers earning a place at university this year, but we know there is more to do.
“Ensuring that everyone has access to world-class education remains a priority, and we expect universities to do everything they can to help underprivileged students.”