College admissions scandal: The extreme lengths parents go to

The alleged college cheating scandal in the US, which accuses the rich and famous of paying vast sums to fraudulently enhance their children prospects, has sparked a conversation over the role money and privilege play in the US education system.

The scandal involves various illegal tactics to boost the probability that the children of wealthy parents will be admitted to elite universities.

While some of the details are bizarre – including super-imposing student’s heads onto athletes’ bodies – many see parallels between this alleged scam and the way wealth affects education more generally.