Students get second chance at university

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7 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM − Dutch youths who did not obtain the correct diploma might in future be allowed to matriculate to higher professional education or university without waiting until their 21st birthday when they can do a special admission exam.

7 July 2004

AMSTERDAM − Dutch youths who did not obtain the correct diploma might in future be allowed to matriculate to higher professional education or university without waiting until their 21st birthday when they can do a special admission exam.

Education State Secretary Mark Rutte hopes to make higher education more accessible to the nation's youth and is proposing that an experiment be launched next year involving new admission tests.

The idea is to offer a second chance to teenagers who fail to complete their education or think they completed a lower-than-necessary form of secondary education, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported on Wednesday.

Presently, these youths must wait until the age of 21 before being allowed to do an admission test to HBO higher education or WO universities.

The Dutch secondary education system is divided into several streams leading students through to either MBO upper secondary vocational education, HBO courses or WO university education. Students must obtain the required diploma to progress further.

Besides the addition of an earlier admission exam, State Secretary Rutte's plans also involves a sharpening of admission requirements for universities and HBO institutes will be allowed from the start of next year to select students for the top studies and more expensive fees can thus be demanded.

It is hoped that greater selection of students and higher fees will stimulate the creation of courses that are internationally acclaimed. The greater selection of students is also designed to make students choose their studies more wisely.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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