Irish university entrance criteria change welcomed
Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has welcomed the news that Irish universities will now award higher entrance marks to students studying A Levels.
Mr McElduff said,
“In 2005 a reduction in the number of points awarded to top grade A ‘level results created an anomaly whereas it was virtually impossible for students from the North or Britain to access top courses in Irish universities.
“I have raised the matter at every level over the past few years including at the North South Ministerial Council so I am delighted that following a review by the Irish Universities Association, the body representing the seven universities in the South that more points will now be awarded to students who achieve top marks.
“This will mean that students here should find it easier to access the top courses and open up new opportunities and choices.
“At a time of austerity many students are put off from travelling to Britain to attend top courses and either accept a lesser course or leave third level education all together so this may create a better option for those students.
“I hope that this is the first step in creating an all Ireland clearing system that will give students a clear picture of offers from universities both in Ireland and Britain at the same time allowing them to make informed choices when choosing a career.”