education - university entrance pass rate

In 2004, 12 students (or 52% of senior students in the Cook Islands who attempted the University Entrance) achieved a result that was acceptable to enroll in tertiary level education.

This is a large improvement from the pass rates experienced in 2002 and 2003 (36% and 43% respectively) and indicates a continual upward trend in student pass rates. Nevertheless, this may reflect a lower number of students attempting University Entrance. The number of students studying at senior level 3 who are taking 4 to 5 subjects (7th form subjects equivalent) dropped by 33% from 18 in 2003 to 12 in 2004. The majority of students in senior level 3 were multi-leveled taking courses at Level 3 and Level 2 at the same time, a feature of the NCEA system, and therefore ineligible for either qualification NCEA Level 3 or University En-trance. 98 students were enrolled at senior level 3 being both multilevel and single level students.

Only 23% of the total students in senior level 3 were eligible to achieve NCEA Level 3 or Univer-sity Entrance qualifications.

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