Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

UNIVERSITY ENTRY TO BE MORE EQUITABLE

Thursday June 5, 2014

Tanya Davies, State Member for Mulgoa today said that students from 3 Public high schools in her electorate will have a better chance of securing a university place this year under a new agreement between the NSW Government and the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Tanya Davies said the NSW Government and UAC have agreed on a more equitable way of distributing bonus points and places for university entry.

"Students from socio-economically disadvantaged areas and Aboriginal students have been under-represented in tertiary education. The NSW Government is addressing this imbalance through a new measure that identifies schools whose students deserve to have automatic access to benefit from UAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS)" Tanya Davies said.

The EAS may provide participating students with either several crucial bonus points that can make the world of difference, or access to an allocated place.

Students from Colyton High School Trade School, St Marys Senior High School and newly added St Clair High School will benefit from this scheme.

Tanya Davies visited St Clair High School this week and met with the Principal and the Year 12 student leadership team and was impressed with the enthusiastic way in which they received the news of the scheme.

"The opportunity to go to university is not a normal expectation for some of the students who attend this school. Their parents didn’t go to university so they struggle with the belief that they could get there themselves. This scheme offers a little more encouragement and reassurance that they could do it too" said St Clair High School Principal Chris Presland.

"My parents didn’t go to uni and so I used to see it as an unachievable dream for myself. But now I have more belief that I could achieve what nobody else in my family has done, to gain entry into university" said one of the St Clair High School students.

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the socio-economic measure will be the Family Occupation and Education Index (FOEI), which was developed by the Department of Education and Communities and is used to distribute needs-based funding to public schools.

"Forty-two schools are new to the list and the total number of schools eligible will expand to about 270, including 155 in regional and remote areas," Mr Piccoli said.

Approximately 1300 more students from public schools in regional and remote areas of NSW will have access to the program this year, as compared to last year, with a total of over 5,000 students from these areas attending identified schools.

The EAS also accepts applications from individual students whose schools are not on the attached list, but who have experienced disadvantage. Details can be obtained from the UAC website http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/.

In photo from left to right:

 

Chris Presland, Principal St Clair Public High School

Cameron Shamsabad, Year 12 student

Abdullah Jat,  Year 12 student

Janet Tefaili, Year 12 student

Taylor Vaughan, Year 12 student

Tanya Davies MP