Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Garcia: UWI matriculation change won’t affect education levels

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia

Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia

The Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia, is assuring that the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) new change to their requirements for matriculation, will not adversely affect the quality of education that students receive at the school. 

Speaking in the Parliament today, Garcia sought to allay any fears that the changes, which spans to all the university’s campuses, could affect the students' academic capacities. 

“The quality of education will not be compromised. In discussing with the principal of the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, I have been assured that every effort will be made to ensure that our students receive the high quality of education that this university has been accustomed to delivering so there is absolutely no question of the quality of education being compromised,” he said. 

As far as whether the changes could affect the school’s accreditation on a local level, Garcia explained that UWI St Augustine’s Principal, Professor Brian Copeland, has already sorted things out. 

“Professor Copeland has indicated to me that he has had discussions with Mr Eduardo Ali, the newly appointed CEO of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) and he has assured him that discussions have been held and everything has been approved,” Garcia explained. 

Earlier this week, the University announced that students who have passed at least two CAPE subjects either at Unit 1 or 2 at Grades 1-4, who also have the requisite CSEC subjects and are currently registered for either Unit 1 or 2, will qualify as normal matriculants to the UWI. 

In a statement on Thursday, it said the University’s decision is grounded in scientific analysis as research on students’ predictive performance conducted by The UWI over the years showed that passes at CAPE Unit 1 (Grades 1-4) were 97% predictive of success at CAPE Unit 2. 

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board for Undergraduate Studies, Professor Clive Landis explained: “The change in policy is more about building flexibility into The UWI application process. Prospective students who have completed their first year of CAPE can make an application to the UWI, right now today, and the Faculty, in turn, can make a firm offer to applicants who meet this new matriculation standard.” 

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