Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hindu teenagers 'twice as likely as Christians to go to university'

Hindu, Sikh and Muslim teenagers are more likely to go to university than Christians or atheists, Department of Education figures show.

A study of more than 13,000 young people found that 77 per cent of those who described themself as Hindu at the age of 15 went on to higher education, compared with 45 per cent of Christians.

Some 63 per cent of Sikh teenagers and 53 per cent of Muslims went on to study at university, but just 32 per cent of those who had no religion at 15 undertook higher education.

 The figures, produced by UK National Statistics for the Department for Education, add to a body of research which shows British white working-class pupils perform worse at school and are less likely to go to university than their Asian counterparts. More...

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