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Many pupils at comprehensive schools fail in their bid for UK university entry to the top institutions because they are encouraged to do A-level subjects that the top establishments do not accept.
That is according to Conservative MP for South-West Norfolk Elizabeth Truss, who obtained the data from the Department for Education through parliamentary questions.
She analysed the proportion of pupils in comprehensive, grammar and private schools undertaking A-levels listed as facilitating by the elite Russell Group of universities.
Just 15 per cent of those at state schools took such subjects along with 11 per cent at sixth-form institutions.
Nearly a third of those at grammar schools and 31 per cent of independent school pupils studied these areas.
"Students are being mis-sold low quality subjects that are not accepted at top universities to boost school and local authorities' results. It is time Ofqual put an end to the myth that mathematics and media studies are equivalent," Ms Truss added.
A survey conducted by Edge found that a third of middle-class parents believe university is not worth the investment, with 57 per cent stating that such an education is less valuable than it was a decade ago.
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