Young Hindus more likely to reach university

Teenagers from Hindu backgrounds are almost twice as likely to go to university than those of a Christian faith, Government research suggests.

More than three in four – 77 per cent – youngsters who describe themselves as Hindu go into higher education, according to statistics gathered for the Department for Education (DfE).

In comparison, less than half – 45 per cent – of those that consider themselves Christian go to university.

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The figures are drawn from the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England, which questioned thousands of teenagers for the study.

The findings also show that almost two thirds – 63 per cent – of Sikh youngsters choose to take degree courses, along with more than half of young Muslims – 53 per cent.

Just under a third of those who give their religion as “none” go to university.

Overall, young people with a religion at age 15 are more likely to be in higher education at age 19 than those without, regardless of their faith, the survey found.