The system isn’t the problem
From the BBC website’s article on this year’s A-level results (yes, I know – we’re always first with the news here):
Twin sisters Tania and Mahua Bhaduri from West Malling, Kent, both got five grade As. But unlike her sister, Tania has not got a university place.
Their father, Dr Bim Bhaduri, said his daughter Tania… had been rejected from universities including Oxford, Bristol and Sheffield.
But Mahua, who studied almost the same A-levels as her sister at state foundation school Tonbridge Grammar for Girls – but took geography instead of psychology, has earned a place at Imperial College, London.
Dr Bhaduri added: “The system really is a lottery, they can’t differentiate between bright and brighter and this is a problem.
No: this is a sign of the system working admirably. One of your daughters took a subject which is not especially popular or fashionable at a university where it is not a specialist subject (to be honest, I was surprised to discover Imperial even offered geography); the other applied for a subject which is highly fashionable at prestigious institutions where the course is particularly respected.
(and Sheffield, which probably rejected her for also applying to Oxford and Bristol…)