Higher Education Access and Development Services

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Published on October 14, 2008

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ADMISSION TO HEI’S IN TERMS OF NSC : ADMISSION TO HEI’S IN TERMS OF NSC Maritz Snyders NMMU on behalf of HESA HE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (14 HEI’s) : HE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (14 HEI’s) Minimum Statutory requirements Higher Certificate: Pass NSC. (more about this later) Diploma: Pass NSC plus an achievement rating of 3 (40-49%) or better in 4 recognized NSC 20-credit subjects. Bachelor’s Degree: Pass NSC plus an achievement rating of 4 (50-59%) or better in four 20-credit subjects chosen from the designated list of subjects. Academic Performance Scores (APS) 8 point scale (1 on NSC = 1, etc, but 7 on NSC split into 7/8 by some) Some include LO, others not NSC 1, 2 treated diff (0/1 for NSC 1 ; one HEI give 0 for NCS 2) Weighting of subjects Language requirements (not discussed in detail here) Placement tests – institutional and NBTP (more later today) Subject Specific requirements. Summary of Maths & ML requirements for admission to selected programmes in following table per HEI/campus MATHS/ML PRE-REQUISITES : MATHS/ML PRE-REQUISITES MATHS/ML PRE-REQUISITES (2) : MATHS/ML PRE-REQUISITES (2) Mathematics versus Mathematical Literacy : Mathematics versus Mathematical Literacy Maths remains the requirement for numerate degrees, diplomas & NHCs (in science, health sciences, engineering, built environment and agriculture), with very few HEI’s accepting ML. Some variation re. req. for studies in business, economic and management sciences: Some HEIs largely req. Maths. Some HEIs req. Maths or Maths Literacy, generally with a higher ML rating. One of these HEIs indicates that ML learners may be placed in extended progs. Math req for Humanities varies from none to one HEI considering taking only learners who have passed Maths Some HEIs spell out alternative routes for ML learners to be accommodated (extended/foundation progs.) Two HEIs encourage applicants to present with optional topics although applicants won’t be excluded on these grounds. MATHEMATICAL LITERACY : MATHEMATICAL LITERACY HE is excited about the introduction of ML, as it has the potential to ensure that all school-leavers are numerically literate All HEI’s however not equally convinced of the value of ML (variety): Accept for BSc with ML, rating 6 Accept for BCom with ML, rating 4 Only accept for ext BCom with ML, rating 6 Not accept at all for BSc, BCom with only ML Considering accepting only Math for BA Concern about what will happen with learners previously entering HE Science and Commerce programmes with SG Maths (Comprehensives and UOT’s) – looking forward to DOE session later today Concern that ML can be neglected in view of new NSC pass requirements (discussed in detail later) NSC PASS CRITERIA : NSC PASS CRITERIA In the 2005 NSC policy, the promotion requirements (to obtain an NSC) were: Obtained at least 40% in the required official language at Home Language level. Obtained at least 30% in the other required language on at least First Additional Language level. Obtained at least 30% in Mathematical Literacy or Mathematics. Obtained at least 40% in Life Orientation. Obtained at least 40% in one of the remaining three subjects and at least 30% in two subjects. A condonation of a maximum of one subject per grade with a rating of “Not Achieved” will be allowed for either a Group A or a Group B subject, and such a subject will be deemed to have been obtained with a rating of 30% provided that a condonation is only applied once. NSC PASS CRITERIA (2) : NSC PASS CRITERIA (2) In the 2007 amendments to the NSC policy, the promotion requirements (to obtain an NSC) are now: Achieved at least 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level, and 30% in three subjects, provided that a complete portfolio of evidence in the school-based assessment component is submitted in the subject failed Can pass NSC, even when failing Maths or ML MATHS/ML IN NSC PASS CRITERIA : MATHS/ML IN NSC PASS CRITERIA Major concern that new pass criteria may defeat the purpose of making Math or ML compulsory Potential pos impact: fewer take ML out of fear to fail maths Potential neg impact: learners & teachers can simply neglect ML as they can get NSC even if this subject if failed totally. Can impact on HEI’s decisions regarding rating allocated to NSC 1 on APS, and on cases where no ML requirements is given currently, eg BA (assumption of an ML pass/condoned pass if have a NSC) Reason for this change not clear – HESA/DOE discussions at meeting scheduled for 22 August MATHS/ML IN NSC PASS CRITERIA (2) : MATHS/ML IN NSC PASS CRITERIA (2) Not official concern expressed by HESA, but personal concern as Mathematician & Math educator that the change is motivated by fear of huge failures because the FET sector is not ready for the offering of NSC Maths & ML This follows previous changes when the National Curriculum Statements (NCS) for Maths and ML was reduced to a core and certain topics in the original NCS were either left out or made optional Question: Is this an indication that the NSC was introduced too early before the system was ready for it? Hope this is wrong and that DOE can give assurances. CONCLUSION : CONCLUSION While HEI’S are committed to work with the DOE to make a success of the NSC, the are currently nervous/anxious/concerned/worried ???? because we are heading blind into 2009: - Do not really know what to expect and plan for in terms of admission of students This is why: Any information from DOE that can help HEI’s with planning, and Projects such as the National Benchmark Tests Project (NBTP) is of crucial importance to HEI’s Slide 12: THANK YOU!!

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