Wednesday 25 November, 2020

UWI clarifies 'misrepresentation' on entry requirements

The University of the West Indies is clarifying 'misrepresentations' in a recent media article regarding entry requirements for the Social Sciences Faculty. 

In a release, the University said it was reported in the Trinidad Express that the entry requirements for the Faculty of Social Sciences had been lowered to three CXC passes due to changes in the government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme and a 'drastic drop' in the number of applicants. 

The university said however that the CXC selection criteria applies only to the Certificate in Public Administration (CPA), not degree programmes, adding that the CPA is used as a 'bridging' programme to bring students up to qualification levels required for entry to degree programmes. 

The university maintains that the CPA requirement is five O'Levels or equivalent, while the qualifications for entry into degree programmes have not changed. 

"The entry qualification for the CPA programme have been expanded in keeping with the university matriculation requirements to allow for applicants with at least three or four CXC passes who, having not achieved the required five O'Levels or equivalent, can now be assessed against additional criteria that reflect sufficient prior learning through experience, professional development of formal qualification."

"It should be noted that this 'Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)' approach is well in line with how universities, uncluding the UWI, are changing their systems to improve their delivery to a wider demographic. It should also be noted that this decision is in keeping with the UWI's new strategic direction of widening access, particularly to the underserved," the university said. 

The university added that there is 'no evidence' that the fall in offer acceptance is a result of changes to the GATE programme, adding that some programmes are seeing record numbers of applicants. 

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