Academic calls for ban on weak pupils

“Students with fewer than 320 points should not be allowed to enrol on honours degree courses because most of them will drop out, a prominent academic has claimed. The controversial ban on weak students has been suggested by Dr Peter Childs from the University of Limerick who says universities are taking in too many students with low points. The universities should establish a minimum cut-off for all courses which should be well above the average CAO points score of 320, he claims. ‘We need to fit students to courses that suit their abilities and interests, rather than trying to fill courses at any cost. We need to be concerned about quality rather than quantity,’ he said …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 7 February]

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