The vice chancellor of the Southern Cross University says moves to raise the entry requirements for teaching students will backfire.
The State Government has announced new plans requiring HSC students wanting to enter teaching to achieve Band Five proficiency in at least three subjects, including English.
Professor Peter Lee says some of SCU’s most successful teaching graduates would not have been admitted under those terms.
He says the move will reduce the number and range of potential teachers.
“If the aim is to reduce diversity to middle-class students from Mosman to obtain a university education, to be admitted to teaching, to produce the homogenous workforce, then this surely is the pathway to that,” Prof Lee said.
“It’s not where you start the journey from, it’s where you finish the journey.
“We have a graduate who was admitted with an ATAR score of 57.
“She obtained a first-class honours degree, a university medal, and a prize from the Primary Schools Mathematics Association.
Source: ABC News