Education for all?

It’s worrying that in the Saffron Lane part of Leicester only four per cent of teenagers end up going to university.

In my Leicester Mercury story yesterday, it sounds as though they just don’t feel it’s the sort of thing that kids from the Saff do.

University isn’t for everyone. Although I’m grateful that I had the opportunity, I worry about some of the meaningless courses that exist when many young people are better suited to the world of work or learning a trade.

But you just feel that the boys and girls in Saffron Lane don’t even feel they’ve been given the choice. If we’d asked the same question 30 years ago we’d have got similar answers. In that sense, the class divide hasn’t been bridged at all.

About Ian

A journalist working in Brussels
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