Independent Schools Route To Top Jobs To Be Reviewed

Opinion / January 23, 2010

The government have urged the professions to recruit more entrants from state schools. Currently 75 per cent of judges, 70 per cent of finance directors and 45 per cent of civil servants are recruited from fee- paying schools. Yet only 7 per cent of all children go to independent schools!

Quiet an indictment of the schooling system. Clearly there are some equally bright and upstanding state educated children who have the ability to lead yet are excluded by the current bias. At least the government have spotted this crazy trend and we may all benefit from extending the net to more capable students. But there is a catch. Members of the cabinet and opposition have predominately been recruited from Oxford university. Perhaps the edict should be extended so we can also benefit from an enlarged gene pool in government.

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