Friday, 3 July 2015

Teenager is finally accepted for medical degree

From the Daily Record:

"A TEENAGER from a deprived area has finally been awarded a place at medical school."

"Joanne Martin, who celebrated her 19th birthday yesterday, had been rejected by Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee universities despite notching up the necessary exam passes to train as a doctor."

"The determined student a former pupil of Glasgow’s Springburn Academy will now begin her medical degree at Aberdeen in September."

"But Joanne, whose mum is a part-time cleaner and dad a postman, believes other pupils like her could miss out because the system is weighted in favour of middle- class applicants."

"It was only after Joanne took a three-month-trip to Ghana to teach health and hygiene and did an Open University course to beef up her application that she was finally offered a conditional place at Aberdeen."

"The university insisted on her hitting certain grades on her OU course before they would give her a place."

"But after we highlighted her situation, she was contacted to say her place was now unconditional."

"Joanne, from Possilpark, said: "It was only after my story appeared that there was a change of heart."

"`I am really looking forward to starting my course at last.`"

"Joan  is concerned that other pupils from a similar background to hers are still missing out."

We hear a lot these days about the `attainment gap.` Policy makers have been setting up committees and consultations to address the problem.

Now here is Joanne Martin pointing to an obvious flaw in the system. School cut backs, and a lack of provision of important subjects, are forcing pupils from deprived areas into hubs in order to get the qualifications they need. That gives pupils another uphill struggle.

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