Hindu, Sikh teens in UK 'twice as likely to go to university’ than Christians: Study

London, July 23: Hindu teenagers in Britain are almost twice as likely to go to university than those of a Christian faith, a research has found.

According to statistics gathered for the Department for Education, 77 percent teenagers from the Hindu community go into higher education, while just 45 percent of those that consider themselves Christian go to university.

The Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England, covering 1000 teenagers, also showed that almost two thirds (63 per cent) of Sikh youngsters choose to take a degree, along with more than half of young Muslims (53 per cent), the Daily Mail reports.

Thirty-two percent of those who give their religion as 'none' go to university, the survey found.

The findings revealed that 38 percent of the white teenagers questioned went on to university, compared to 74 per cent of their Indian peers, 51 per cent of those from Pakistani backgrounds, 53 per cent of those of Bangladeshi origin, and 66 per cent of those from Black African backgrounds.

Professor Steve Strand of Warwick University suggested that religion is a 'proxy' for ethnicity.

Strand pointed out that generally, 'white working class children and their parents often do not see the relevance of the curriculum or of attending university'.

Asian families, even if they are from difficult socio-economic backgrounds, see education as a way out, he added.

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