BME Higher Education and Social Justice


This presentation will explore the idea of educating the BME population and try to question what drives education- “borders of power” or “borderlands of being and becoming”. Black and minority ethnic students and their educational achievement has been researched for a while now and HEA (2012) report shows that there is a huge attainment gap between BME and white learners in the UK. This attainment gap is visible in higher education especially in the universities. According to the report the reason for this gap is social, economic and cultural. Surprisingly research done by department of business innovation & skills (2015) shows that there has been an increase of BME participation in higher education, mainly in level 3, 4 and 5. The same report points out an increase of BME student population in level 3 upward and progression to Higher Education. There is a sudden change in further and higher education demography which is visible from 2012. Students from BME background are increasingly taking up level 3, 4 and 5 courses. What is the reason? Is it the self-realisation to do something with their life or is it the favourable government funding policy of money for education? Whether BME education is driven by “soft powers” or learner’s motivation to transcend from “being to becoming”, the question remains “is social justice is achieved through education?”

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Joydeep Dutta, St. Patrick's International College, UK

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Conference: ECE2016
Stream: Education: social justice and social change

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