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Call to ban students with poor English and maths from universities

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. googolplex

    googolplex Occasional commenter

    The English system encourages students to specialise far too early. They shouldn't be prevented from going to University but they should continue with a broader education including some elements of English and maths until the end of the first year at Uni.
  3. zik2012

    zik2012 New commenter

    Well, normally universities don't accept applications without grade c or above GCSE in English and Mathematics. They could probably increase the grade to "B". I believe having strong foundation in English and mathematics makes live much easier at university level of education. I have a friend who came to UK at age of 21 did degree with 2:1 In mathematics but because English is not his first language, he is not able to get job as his oral and written English language skills let him down. He wishes that should have done very extensive English language courses before embarking at degree. Although he has GCSE English grade c when he started to study at university. So I guess it is not a bad idea to have a firm foundation in English and mathematics before university entry or university should have a compulsory modules of English and mathematics upto A level grade B standard.
  4. Luke66

    Luke66 New commenter

    Let all students go. University is not only about academic success.
    What, for me, should be done is teachers/schools/parents/employers making it clear early on in a child's education that getting a 3rd class honours degree in a less rigorous degree is not going to hold much currency in the world of work compared to a more traditional degree at a higher level.
    I find too many people calli themselves 'unemployed graduates' when in reality their 3/4 year stint at uni was not helping their career options.
  5. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Cs at GCSE are not worth much now, even if they get them without getting "help".

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