University Entrance Requirements Tightening

University entrance requirements are to tighten. Image: Google Images
University entrance requirements are to tighten. Image: Google Images

University entrance requirements are likely to be tightened as students often cannot write well enough.

According to Stuff.co.nz, “the ability to gain required literacy credits through ‘literacy-rich’ subjects such as accounting and chemistry, rather than English or Te Reo Maori, will be scrutinised.”

NZQA’s report said many tertiary institutes addressed school leavers’ inability to write essays at the level required to go on and pass tertiary studies.

It also said that raising literacy requirements would likely result in fewer people achieving University entrance and disadvantage Maori and Pasifika students who were already less likely to take on tertiary study.

“UE is a signal about whether someone is academically going to be able to cope with university. NCEA is set up as something that allows schools to build an interesting curriculum for their students,” says Universities New Zealand director Chris Whelan.

Currently, it is believed that University Entrance requirements often don’t fairly reflect their ability to succeed. NZQA data showed 14 percent of students achieved NCEA Level 3, but not UE.

Students aiming for University Entrance must achieve NCEA Level 3 with at least 14 credits in three approved subjects, 10 literacy credits at Level 2 or higher and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher.

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