Direct uni admission to be dropped

Direct uni admission to be dropped

The current system where each university has its own test and selection procedures is to be scrapped in favour of a national entrance exam. (File photo)
The current system where each university has its own test and selection procedures is to be scrapped in favour of a national entrance exam. (File photo)

A new system of enrolling university students will be launched in two years to eliminate direct admissions by individual universities, criticised as being costly and unfair to applicants.

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Direct uni admission on way out in 2 years

Damrongkiat Mala

A new system of enrolling university students will be launched in two years to eliminate direct admissions by individual universities, criticised as being costly and unfair to applicants.

The decision to implement the new system in the 2018 academic year was reached at a top-level meeting of the Office of the Higher Education Commission and representatives of universities nationwide Thursday. The meeting was chaired by Education Minister Dapong Ratanasuwan.

The landmark decision aims to scrap the current system where universities arrange their own entrance exams and admit students directly.

Critics and students have complained that direct admission gives unfair advantages to richer applicants who can afford to travel to many universities in and outside of Bangkok to sit for the exams and pay the associated application fees.

When the exam results are announced, applicants enrol in the more competitive universities and abandon places they have secured in other universities, leaving many empty seats to be filled.

Emerging from Thursday's meeting, education permanent secretary Kamchorn Tatiyakawee said the meeting took note of the problems with the system and resolved to change it.

In the new system, applicants who are at least Mathayom 6 graduates will take a central university entrance exam scheduled sometime after the middle of March each year.

The applicants will sit for the usual GAT/PAT technical tests as well as the national nine core subject examinations, a process which takes six to eight weeks. In between, no universities will be permitted to organise their own exams to admit students directly.

Dr Kamchorn said that after the exam results are announced, students will use the scores they receive to apply to faculties and universities of their choice. They are allowed up to four choices.

Universities will notify applicants whether they have been accepted or how many places are available through a clearing house.

If applicants are not satisfied with the result and wish to re-apply in the second round of applications, they are free to do so, provided the universities of their choice still have places.

If the applicants win placement in the first round and decide to enrol, they will be barred from re-applying in the second round, the education permanent secretary said.

Dr Kamchorn said under the new system applicants will be informed of their scores, giving them a clear idea of how competitive they are against other applicants.

"This system basically lets the applicants go through a single, central exam and their scores can be used to seek placements in two rounds," he said.

The permanent secretary said after the new system is implemented, some universities may be permitted to open direct admissions if they still have vacant seats left after two rounds of central admissions via the clearing house.

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  • abandon: to leave someone/something - ปล่อยทิ้งไว้
  • academic year: school year - ปีการศึกษา
  • admission (noun): selecting students to attend a school or university - การรับเข้า
  • admit: to allow somebody to become a member of a school, a club or an organisation - ให้สิทธิเข้าได้
  • advantage: a condition giving a greater chance of success - ความได้เปรียบ
  • afford: to have enough money to be able to pay for something - มีเงินพอจับจ่าย  ซื้อหา
  • aim: to have as your purpose or goal - มีเป้าหมาย มีจุดมุ่งหมาย
  • applicant: someone who applies for something, such as a job or a loan of money - ผู้สมัคร,ผู้แจ้งความจำนง,ผู้ขอ
  • application: a formal request for permission to do or have something - การขอ
  • bar: to officially not allow someone to do something or go somewhere - ห้าม
  • basically: in the most important ways, without considering things that are less important - โดยพื้นฐาน, โดยแท้จริง, โดยทั่วๆ ไป
  • choice (noun): something that you can choose; an act of choosing between two or more possibilities - ทางเลือก, การเลือก
  • clearing house (noun): an organisation that collects and exchanges information on behalf of people or other organisations - หน่วยทะเบียนกลาง
  • commission: an official group of people who have been given responsibility to control something, or to find out about something, usually for the government - คณะกรรมการ, คณะกรรมาธิการ
  • competitive (adj): as good as or better than others - ซึ่งสามารถแข่งขันได้
  • complain: to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
  • core (noun): the most important or central part of something - ใจกลาง, แกน, ใจความสำคัญ
  • critic: a person who expresses disapproval of somebody/something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly - ผู้วิจารณ์, ผู้จับผิด, ผู้วิเคราะห์
  • current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน
  • eliminate: to get rid of - กำจัด ลดตำแหน่งงาน
  • emerge: to come out of - ออกจาก
  • enrolling (noun): putting someone onto the official list of members of a course or college - ลงทะเบียน
  • faculty: a group of departments in a college or university which specialise in a particular subject or group of subjects - คณะ
  • fee: an amount of money that you pay to be allowed to do something - ค่าธรรมเนียม
  • implement: to make something such as an idea, plan, system or law start to work and be used - นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้
  • landmark: a major event or achievement that marks an important state in a process and makes progress possible - เหตุการณ์ที่เป็นการแสดงถึงความคืบหน้า
  • launch (verb): to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ
  • minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี
  • nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
  • notify: to tell someone officially about something - แจ้ง
  • permanent secretary: a government official, not a political appointee, in charge of a ministry - ปลัดกระทรวง
  • permit (verb): to allow someone to do something - อนุญาต, อนุมัติ, ยินยอม
  • phase out (verb): to slowly reduce and stop some activity, in several "phases" - ค่อยๆเลิก, ค่อยๆยุติ
  • process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
  • provided (verb): on the condition that, if this is true - โดยมีเงื่อนไขว่า
  • representative: someone who has been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them - ผู้แทน
  • resolve: to make a formal decision - ตัดสินใจแน่วแน่
  • round: one of a series of events, activities, etc. - รอบ
  • satisfied: pleased because you have achieved something or because something that you wanted to happen has happened - พอใจ ถูกใจ
  • scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา
  • scrap: to get rid of; to stop using or accepting - เลิก, ทิ้ง
  • secure (verb): to get or achieve something - ได้มา
  • top-level: of the highest quality or standard - มีคุณภาพสูง, มีมาตรฐานสูง
  • vacant: empty - ว่าง
  • via: through - ผ่าน (ช่องทาง)
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