We have a problem in this country that Oxbridge has too many private school pupils and not enough state school pupils. Looking at Oxford and Cambridge's admissions statistics they say the reason is because not enough state school pupils apply, when they do they have almost exactly the same acceptance rate than private school pupils.One of the main reasons state school pupils don't apply is because a lot don't think they will be good enough even though they have the grades.So an idea to solve this problem: normally students can apply for five different universities. Change the rule to if you apply to Oxford or Cambridge then you are allowed six. Therefore it will count as an extra application and not use up one of your five. This I believe would make a huge number of extra state school students apply as they would have nothing to lose now by applying as it is not using up one of their other choices.Are there any downsides to this I'm missing? Has this idea ever been mentioned before as I've not heard it?
I don't think we do have a problem - people succeed on merit.
I don't think we should turn this into a debate about whether there is a problem or not, simply would my idea get more state school students to apply. Millions is already being spent on trying to get more state school students to apply by the government and Oxbridge so clearly most people believe there is a problem.Joke applications is exactly what we would want, it's not a bad thing. Anyone who does not have top grades will still be quickly filtered out and anyone else will have there application taken seriously quite rightly. I think this will make those people who would normally say I'm not going to apply because I'm not good enough say I might as well apply for a joke. And many of these could well be given offers.
Yes many people from private/public schools are going to Oxbridge. Something is definitely wrong with them because their students get accepted in Oxbridge in high numbers...
Don't punish private/public schools for being too good. Blame the state school for not equiping pupils well enough.