Late last year the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, announced the decision to amend the minimum admission requirements to 30 percent for entry into Bachelor’s Degree programmes in tertiary institutions.
Speaking to SABC News earlier this week, the Minister clarified that there has been no reduction of the pass rate. What was done was to allow a broader set of subjects to be considered for entry to higher education.
She adds that there is no country in the world that would support a decline in standards in its education system, but all education systems worldwide have minimum requirements, and that should not be mistaken for the preferred requirements.
“It is actually higher institutions who set their admission requirements, what we have done is open up room for more subjects to be considered then the limited number that was previously in the approved list,” adds Pandor.
The fear now is that there are more matriculants who qualify for entry to Bachelor’s Degree admission and that would lead to flooding of applications at tertiary institutions, but the Minister is trying to assure South Africans that every institution has an enrollment plan and a set number of students that they can admit.
“Our system is established and we are not careless, and we don’t set about policy and practice in a careless fashion. Our institutions have excellent reputations,” said Pandor.
The Minister also noted that every decision that she takes, is done under advice from the Council of Higher Education, which is an independent body, and the amendment was consulted widely within this sector.
“Looking at assessment outcomes, South Africa is improving, we can focus on that which we are not fully capable at or we can begin to acknowledge that as a country we are making progress and our government is determined to make further progress,” concluded Pandor.