Asian students are more likely to study at one of the UK’s top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, compared to white pupils, new figures have shown.
In total, 12 per cent of Asians went to Russell Group institutions which represent 24 leading universities with links to the business and public sector, compared to 11 per cent of white students.
However only six per cent of black youngsters were accepted to these universities, data published by the department of education revealed.
The highest ever number of black and Asians were accepted into university last year, with 30,000 and 45,165 respectively going on to gain degrees.
Asian and black teens were also more likely to study at school sixth forms, with 49 per cent and 44 per cent attending compared to 36 per cent of white students, who were the highest group to go to further education colleges.
Nav Johal, founder of Examberry, which tutors children for their eleven plus exams, told EE Asian parents gave education a much higher priority even when they had very young children.
“They will go out of their way to support their children and their homework, or they will send their children to us for tutoring.” Johal said.
“Some of the parents can’t afford it but will work extra so their children have the best opportunities. That attitude is instilled from a very young age.
“Asians also see education as a step up on social mobility; they rise up the social scale and get better careers. They are very proud of that,”
Her eldest son Hari, 18, has been accepted to study medicine at Manchester University and is set to begin the course in September. Chet, her youngest son, is doing his A Levels at Westminster School.
Following GSCE exams, 93 per cent of Asian and black teens continued in education, which was six per cent hig-her than white students.
The number of UK Pakistani students at universities has outnumbered Indians for the first time, figures released by UCAS, which manages applications to higher education courses, have also shown.
In all, there was a two per cent increase in the total number of applicants to universities in 2014, with 592,290 students attending compared to the previous year.
Some 13,895 Pakistanis were accepted in 2014 compared to 13,845 Indians.
Johal added: “Asians enjoy telling other parents that their children are doing well in education because that’s the first priority for them. They will go out of their way to make sure the right conditions are provided.
“We have children whose parents give up their holidays and evenings and work two jobs so they have the best opportunities.”
The figures come at a time when the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training is at its lowest since records began in 1994.