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South African universities raise their admission requirements

The high failure rate of 1st year university students has prompted several South African universities to raise their admission requirements for 2011.

In a snap survey by the Sunday Times recently 8 out of the 12 universities contacted said they would be implementing stricter admission criteria.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) will no longer accept maths literacy for admission to science degrees, while University of Cape Town (UCT) will require 1st year applicants to write national tests in maths, academic literacy and quantitative literacy. Rhodes University has increased its point-based system from 35 to 40 and the University of the Free State (UOFS) from 28 to 30

To read more go to Prega Govender’s article in the Sunday Times by Clicking Here!