Change ahead for ‘unfair’ university draw system

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Further education minister has called for change as thousands of young people wait to hear if they have university place

Minister vows to end lottery as 87,000 wait to discover what they will study in year ahead

With nearly 87,000 student hopefuls still waiting to find out if they have a university place for the coming year, the further education minister has set up a working party to find ways to reform the placement system.

Students who are lucky enough to be allocated a place will find it is unlikely to be their first choice and 30% of students drop out in their first year.

Minister Frédérique Vidal said the present non-selection system was unfair, unsatisfactory and over-stretched.

She particularly attacked the tirage au sort ‘lottery draw’ where students are allocated a place through chance not ability.

With no selection procedure related to exam results, school performance or interviews for public universities, the ...

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