Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Unacceptable threat to entry to Auckland Uni

3 December 2007

Unacceptable threat to entry to Auckland University

QPEC is appalled at the attempt by Auckland University to restrict entry to courses which currently have open entry.

It is a short-sighted and selfish policy proposal which will favour students from high-income families i(even more than at present) over students from low-income communities who will be more highly represented in the group which would be excluded under restricted entry.

Auckland University is discussing this with a view to making a final decision on December 10th. However this is a fundamental change which needs wide community debate.

The university has a high degree of autonomy but it is there to serve the community – it is not there to perpetuate privilege. Already the representatives of privilege are applauding the university’s proposal as a return to “elitism” which should be celebrated.

QPEC stands unreservedly for high quality in education and high educational standards. This means we want to see more students from unrepresented groups having the opportunity to attend university. Anecdotally it is relatively common for students from low-income communities to scrape through to gain university entrance but them blossom and achieve much better than their entry marks would suggest.

These students, the very students we should be encouraging, would now be excluded before they even reach the starting line.

We are calling on Auckland University to postpone any decision to restrict entry to courses which currently have open entry to allow wide discussion and open debate.

We would welcome the Minister of Education endorsing the call for the university to involve the community in discussion about entry criteria.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Law Society: Sir Peter Williams QC, 1934 - 2015

“Sir Peter was an exceptional advocate. He had the ability to put the defence case for his clients with powerful oratory. His passion shone through in everything he did and said.” Mr Moore says Sir Peter’s lifelong commitment to prison reform was instrumental in ensuring prison conditions and the rights of prisoners were brought to public attention. More>>

ALSO:

CTU: Peter Conway – Family Statement

Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the Economist and Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. He was previously Chair of Oxfam New Zealand and was on the Board of NZ Trade and Enterprise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news