Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Opposition support over country TEE scores welcomed

    6/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Education Minister Kay Hallahan today welcomed the National Party's support for a Government decision to look at weighting TEE scores for regional students.
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the Government had asked the Western Australian Higher Education Council to consider ways of compensating regional students for any disadvantages they experienced in applying for a university place.
     
    "There is an argument for supplementing the TEE scores of regional students to improve their chances of securing a university place, but the issues are complex and need careful and thorough consideration," she said.
     
    "For instance, giving students assistance to enter highly competitive courses such as medicine and law is only the first step - they also need to be equipped to compete successfully once they are there.
     
    "There is also the question of whether it is equitable for students with weighted scores to displace other students who are well-qualified.
     
    "Another important matter is whether there are any other disadvantaged groups in the community who have an equal case for assistance."
     
    Mrs Hallahan said she had initiated the review following representations from the Geraldton-Midwest Development Authority, the East Pilbara Shire Council and Newman Senior High School.
     
    "I am confident that the WA Higher Education Council will come up with an effective solution," she said.