A gate scholarship scheme is being investigated by the Education Department after allegations emerged of a wide-ranging abuse of the system, which has been used to award millions of pounds in scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Students have been accused of taking money from their families for using the scholarship scheme.
Some students have been expelled, while others have been charged with “gross misconduct” or “improper conduct”.
A Home Office spokeswoman said the inquiry would examine whether the scheme had been “fully and properly managed”.
The scheme was established to give students with special needs access to a range of high-quality and affordable educational opportunities.””
This scheme helps students with barriers to achieving their potential, and supports young people from low and middle income backgrounds who are often overlooked.”
The scheme was established to give students with special needs access to a range of high-quality and affordable educational opportunities.
The inquiry will also look into the potential impact of the scheme on the wider UK economy. “
We take seriously allegations of misuse and abuse of our scholarship scheme.”
The inquiry will also look into the potential impact of the scheme on the wider UK economy.
It is being conducted by the independent Advisory Council on Educational Excellence (Acete), which includes academics and students.
It will examine “the wider economic and educational impacts” of the scholarships, including “the impact on graduates and their families, students, employers and the wider economy”.
It will also examine “any impacts on employment and student outcomes, and the impact on employment levels and on the skills of graduates”.
The inquiry is expected to make recommendations to the Government.
The Government has been criticised by the UK Government for the scheme, which was set up in the 1980s and has been praised by business leaders as one of the biggest economic interventions in the country’s history.
Some schools have already started to close down or have already cut back on the scheme.
The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has previously said that the scheme would be “a fantastic example of how we can work with business to help people”.
“This is not a scheme that we can run on our own,” she said.
“But what we can do with the support of our business partners and business organisations and our partnerships with other businesses.”
In 2016, the Government said it was introducing a £1.5 billion fund to support businesses and individuals who had lost out on funding from the scheme due to the economic downturn.