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September 11, 2012

Immigrant students in UK are put in 'disadvantaged schools'

     London: Immigrant children in the UK are clustered in disadvantaged schools, a study has revealed. It also says that most of the schools in the United Kingdom are socially segregated. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) latest edition of Education at a Glance, some 80% of UK students with an immigrant background attend schools with a high concentration of immigrant students, which was 12.4% higher than the OECD's average of 67.6%. The research says that the socio-economic make-up of the UK's schools poses "significant challenges" for immigrant students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, The Telegraph reports. Report author Andreas Schleicher said that social segregation, according to the OECD's indicators, is "one of the biggest contextual challenges for the UK ". "What is really striking is that in the UK , highly educated mothers can end up in schools for their children where disadvantage is concentrated," Schleicher added. The study claimed that more than half (57.1%) of non-immigrant children with low-educated mothers are in disadvantaged schools - only Canada, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Japan and the Slovak Republic have higher proportions. "The socio-economic composition of UK schools poses significant challenges for disadvantaged students and students with an immigrant background," the study says. The OECD's report analysed and compared education at all levels in 34 OECD countries plus systems in Brazil, the Russian Federation, Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa, the paper said.
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