Not all that much of a surprise, I know.
David Cameron branded Oxford University \”disgraceful\” after claiming that the institution admitted only one black student in the last academic year.
For of course Oxford did not admit only one black student in the last academic year.
Senior officials at the university described the figure as \”highly misleading\” as it related only to British students who described themselves as black Caribbean. They said Oxford admitted another 27 students who described themselves as black African and another 14 who were mixed race.
The university also said that only 452 black students across the country had even achieved the A-level results demanded by Oxford to meet its minimum entry requirements for the 2009-10 academic year.
Oxford\’s breakdown of its latest undergraduate admissions figures, published on its website, shows that just one black Caribbean student was accepted in 2009, out of 35 applications.
Aye, and the overall sucess rate for everyone is something like one in 25. We\’re in the realm of small numbers here, where these sorts of differences are explanied simply by statistical variations, chance, rather than any plan or prejudice.
So, David Cameron, Prime Minister, shooting his mouth off on a subject he knows little about. A politician then.