13 May 2014

English standards not dropping - union

8:29 am on 13 May 2014

A teachers union is denying claims that English standards among university entrants are not up to scratch.

The University of Auckland's decision to raise literacy entrance credits has drawn criticism.

The University of Auckland's decision to raise literacy entrance credits has drawn criticism. Photo: PHOTO NZ

Until recently, all university entrants needed eight NCEA literacy credits to meet the entrance requirements.This year, that changed to 10.

But the University of Auckland says it is increasing its requirements for undergraduates to 17 credits in 2016 because of the poor English standards among students.

Post Primary Teachers Association president Angela Roberts said the move is premature and should not be used to suggest the standard of English in schools is poor, or is dropping.

"I don't think that Auckland University raising their bar is a reflection that the teaching of English in our schools is poor, or the standard of it is dropping," she said.