A Labour blueprint on social mobility document has drawn criticism from opposition MPs and educators over content aiming to socially engineer university students. The plans include accepting lower grades from people with poorer backgrounds.
Middle-lass students will also be expected to pay extra to fund bursaries for less well-off students. Most students already face a debt burden of £20,000 for a 3-year degree, however. The aim is to increase ´social mix´ in higher education.
It has been questioned why ministers intend to force higher education institutions to accept lower grades rather than deal with the issue of state schools offering poorer attainment than private rivals.