The bar has been lowered for our university applicants. This is what matric learners need from their exams to qualify for their courses.
Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor made a few surprise announcement this week, as the university entry requirements have been lowered for matric learners.
The changes have left academics divided. Some have hailed it as a brilliant step forward for exclusivity, whereas others – such as Jonathan Jansen of Stellenbosch University – has described it as a victory “for mediocrity”.
But just how drastic are the changes? We’re looking at the facts and figures, and explaining what this year’s school leavers need to achieve from their exams in order to book their place at university.
University entry requirements for 2019 – Minimum threshold:
Students now need to achieve at least 30% in whatever the official language of learning and teaching is for the university they’re applying to. This has decreased from the previous requirements, making it easier for matric learners to take a step towards tertiary education.
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Furthermore, pupils can now achieve a minimum of 50% in four 20-credit National Senior Certificate subjects. However, this particular stage does exclude Life Orientation, which cannot form part of a student’s four-subject armoury.
Prospective university students must also have two scores of 30%+ in other subjects to support their main achievements. It must also be noted that students have to get at least 40% in one of the main languages of study available to them, too.
Matric results: Is it enough?
It may not exactly be a walk in the park for many of our teenagers, and securing these requirements as part of a working class family is still a superb achievement. But should a handful of scores pushing the 50% mark really be the barometer for our universities?
There are still caveats to consider, of course. University places are a very competitive market, and just because someone qualifies to apply, it doesn’t mean they will be guaranteed a spot straight off the bat.
Which is more, certain university courses require specific achievements in particular school subjects: Someone going on to do a biology degree, for example, would have to ensure one of their highest marks was from science.
This news release does not necessarily reflect the opinion of SA-news.
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