The world won’t end tomorrow. But sadly, it might feel like it has for some young Australians who haven’t got the ATAR scores they hoped for.
There’s a lot of hype at this time of year as the uni entry scores trickle through. Kids really feel like it all hinges on this, like everything that’s ever going to happen will either be kick-started this week or not.
Relax, kids. As Paul Murray reminded his audience on his excellent Sky News show last night, the world just doesn’t work that way. Murray himself scored just 42 per cent back in the day. He joked about it, saying “a lot of people will say ‘well, that proves the dunce that he continues to be to this day’.”
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Think back to your favourite school teacher. What do you remember them for? Things that spring to mind might include love of their subject, enthusiasm for teaching it, an approachable personality and the stuff they taught you about life.
It pays to remember that today, before we judge next year’s new university recruits too harshly.
According to the Undergraduate Applications, Offers and Acceptances 2012 report, this year’s crop of uni recruits is the biggest group yet of Year 12 applicants who received “50.00 or less” ATAR band to be offered a university place. Among them are 532 education students.
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High school students in NSW may not know how they are judged by prospective universities and the admissions system needs a review – according to the man who designed it.
The scheme’s founder is calling for an inquiry into the university admissions system arguing recent changes have led to the loss of transparency for students and parents.
In an interview with The Punch, Professor George Cooney listed a series of changes by universities to the admissions process that he believes are undermining openness in the admissions system.
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