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UK suffers socially detached schools
Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:3PM
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A new major study has found that school system in the UK is the most socially detached among other countries in the developed world with children from immigrant families bunched in disadvantaged schools.

The study carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was part of the latest Education at a Glance report.

It found that immigrant children as well as those from poorer backgrounds face "significant challenges" in the socially segregated schools in Britain.

According to the report 80 percent of immigrant children are studying in schools in which there are large numbers of other disadvantaged or immigrant pupils.

This is while that the OECD average is 68 percent in countries such as France, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The report also found that 79.8 percent of immigrant students with low-educated mothers are studying in disadvantaged schools.

The report also revealed that more than half of non-immigrant children with mothers not educated beyond GCSE level were also in disadvantaged schools.

The proportion is only higher in countries including Canada, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Japan and Slovakia.

"The socioeconomic composition of UK schools poses significant challenges for disadvantaged students and students with an immigrant background", the report said.

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", added Schleicher.

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