Minister of Higher Education says the ministry is streamlining its system to improve the intake of students from secondary school into tertiary institutions.
A new report prepared by the Office of Higher Education has found that only 4,500 of the 17,000 students who sat national exams last year were selected for tertiary institutions.
Higher Education Minister Delilah Gore said in an interview that basically with the way the assessment the old programme has been looked after, a certain percentage of the students were basically made through some evaluation system to basically fall out and find themselves in other remedial programme, either in a vocational centre or some other programme.
“What the previous education system was doing was making sure that the best students and academically viable students that they thought were good had to continue, whereas the rest were not allowed to continue,” Gore said.
He stated that we have a situation on our hand where we must be able to push everybody through some education system to enhance their capacity to be part of a production system, to come through some other programme that will basically prepare them for some other levels of work in life.
Gore stated that with the new Western University to be established in Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s district is good and we would like to be part of this.
Minister Gore stated also that as the programme of accreditation and assessment is able to push redirect or push students through to a certain area of academic work, then we make sure that we can achieve those areas, achieving them through those other institutions that we are establishing.
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