From the BBC news website: Two top English private schools have defended their decision not to accept a benefactor's offer of scholarships for disadvantaged white boys. Winchester and Dulwich colleges have declined the offer - reported to be worth over £1m - by a former pupil from both, Professor Sir Bryan Thwaites. The schools say they do not want to put ethnic restrictions on who can benefit from financial help. Sir Bryan says he is now looking for state schools to accept his offer. The philanthropist, who is 96 and plans to leave the funds in his will, attended Dulwich until the start of the Second World War, and then went on to Winchester. His parents could not have afforded the fees for him and his brother without the aid of scholarships. Sir Bryan says he wants to help white boys from disadvantaged backgrounds because they perform worse at school than their counterparts from other ethnic groups. Sir Bryan told the Times newspaper that this was why he wanted to make a leading education available to others and believed the institutions were wrong to reject his offer on the basis that it was based on race. He told the Times: "I have done a lot for both schools over the years and have been closely involved in them. "All the more, therefore, do I feel that both schools have made a strategic mistake in their interpretation of legislation." Trevor Phillips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the Equality Act of 2010 was not designed to favour people of colour, but to ensure equality. He told the Times that Sir Bryan's proposal simply showed he "wanted to do the right thing by families who need support". In August last year, the rapper Stormzy announced he would fund two black British students to go to the University of Cambridge. I wonder if they would have turned the money down if it had been to help disadvantaged black boys.