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April 19, 2010 | by  | in News | [ssba]

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The Qualifications Authority is considering replacing University Entrance with a common entry standard for all degrees.

Currently there are inconsistencies in degree entry requirements across the tertiary sector.

University Entrance is required for people under the age of 20 who want to study at a New Zealand university. Other institutions do not have to use the standard for entry to their degrees, although many do.

Some polytechnic, wananga and private sector representatives say they’re in favour of a single entry standard.

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh says it is anomalous to have different entry standards for degree study at different types of institutions.

He says 20 per cent of the country’s degree students are not at universities.

“Ensuring there is a common entry standard for all degree programmes is essential to protecting the reputation of New Zealand’s degree qualifications.

“In a capped funding environment it is vital that there is a transparent and fair system for allocating places in degree programmes.

“In my view those places must be allocated to students who have at least met a minimum standard tertiary entry criteria in both universities and other tertiary institutions.”

Some tertiary sector representatives warn that disadvantaged groups could miss out.

The results of the review should be known before the start of the 2011 school year, and any changes would take effect in 2013.

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