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Foundation year to be or not to be.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:58 am    Post subject: Feb 4th Article Reply with quote

"At the FNC, Ali Al Nuaimi (Ajman) said the foundation year was a burden on university students and their families, and accused some private companies of profiting at their expense with the tests needed to graduate from the preparatory year. 'It costs around Dh900 to sit through an exam,' he said. 'In 2012, 14,000 students had undergone those tests. So around Dh14 million had been spent on these exams in one year. This is not including those who needed to re-sit the exams. This is a lot of expense on parents.' He said the exams should be taken at secondary school, not at university. 'I ask that you consider holding these exams at secondary schools, since there are English language tests at that level anyway,' he said."

That seems to be a direct shot at IELTS. If the parents are so upset about paying 900 AED, they might encourage their children to practice and study and apply themselves to obtaining a satisfactory proficiency in English and lot just cramming. I know one student who missed his IELTS three times because he overslept each time.

I suppose that the MOE assumes that they will be able to turn the high school curriculum into IELTS Prep. Will they replace the "English language tests at that level" with IELTS or will they provide a UAE created internationally accepted standard of English proficiency?

I would not be surprised if they hired a league of Exam writers and high schools received a heads up on the exam questions and soon universities would be dumbing down their classes even more for the incompetent students being pumped out. It only takes a five year cycle before somebody at the top is calling for "standards".
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