There's been disappointment at the news that the Department of Higher Education and Training will be amending minimum admission requirements for a university bachelor's degree.
But the department's deputy director general Dr Diane Parker says the requirements have not been lowered, referencing the 2008 gazette which states that the minimal requirement for admission to degree studies is 30% for some subjects.
She explains that the recent changes to the minimum admission requirements are for those who have the potential to do well in core subjects but fail in getting required pass rates in languages.
She says those learners should not be denied university entrance because of their lower marks in languages while performing well in other subjects.
This has created an opportunity for students...— Dr Diane Parker, Deputy Director General for Higher Education
The policy was put in there for the very few exceptional students. For example, take a student from the rural Northern Cape who only speaks Afrikaans and English is virtually a foreign subject. You might find that this student ends up with A's for other subjects and gets 35 for English. Are we going to stop that child coming to university?— Dr Diane Parker, Deputy Director General for Higher Education
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