OPINION

Low marks for exam changes

On the matter of educational reform, the government’s stance has been especially disappointing as regards the new regulations it has recently announced. Abolishing the minimum university entry grade of 10/20 is nothing less than a populist measure that further lowers the bar. No other country in Europe holds potential university students to such a low standard and allows the least studious to gain a spot at one of the worst higher education institutions. It is also surprising that the government has done nothing to close down a number of institutions that no longer serve any purpose. The worst thing about this tepid response to the need for educational reform is that it comes at a time when the government has pledged to cut back on state spending, and it goes to show that the government has chosen to stick to the plan it announced when it was running for elections rather than take a more rational path. It is also a shame to see a minister who applauds herself as a modernist choosing the path of least resistance, the one that will cost her less in terms of popularity.