The decreasing number of pupils getting in top UK Universities like Oxford and Cambridge has former Welsh Secretary Paul Smith saying that UK teachers lack the “Oxford Ambitions”.
Murphy claims that fewer teachers in Wales had been to Oxford and Cambridge in recent years. He believes that this could be a reason getting pupils into these prestigious universities has significantly decreased.
“The Welsh government needs to be ambitious for our students to attend the best universities whether it’s Oxford or Cambridge or the USA or growing our own universities”
Smith believes that while there are many youngsters who wants to get into Oxford or Cambridge, the problem not knowing how to do so.
The number of comprehensive pupils getting into Oxbridge has fallen from 96 in 2008 to 76 in 2012. A head teacher in Wales, who did not want to be identified, told BBC Wales News website the Welsh government offered little support for schools trying to get pupils into the best universities.
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