Universities accused of social engineering

Top universities are at the centre of a new social engineering row over plans to reject the new A* grade at A-level, according to the Daily Telegraph.

An investigation by the newspaper has uncovered plans by several leading universities to ignore the new award because it will mean offering more places to independent school pupils.

Internal documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that admission committees at a number of Britain's universities are reluctant to sanction the new A* because they fear that state school pupils will not achieve the grade in sufficient numbers.

Universities accused of 'fixing' admissions (Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2008)