Number of students who have qualified for Foundation increases

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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SIGNING UP: Students of the N.U.S. Foundation year lining up to register ahead of the start of the term.

SIGNING UP: Students of the N.U.S. Foundation year lining up to register ahead of the start of the term.

More than 1,200 students who sat the Secondary Schools Leaving Certificate exam last year have qualified to attend the National University of Samoa’s Foundation year.

 This was confirmed by N.U.S. Vice Chancellor, Professor Fui Asofou So’o, in an interview with the Samoa Observer yesterday.

“These students have reached the minimum aggregate marks of 200 from their best three subjects plus English,” he said.

“And over 500 have the passing mark of 140 to enrol at the University Institute of Technology.”

He says there is an increase in the number of students qualified to enrol for Foundation studies this year compared to last year. 

Professor Fui said this number is most likely to change because there’s always a period of two weeks for students to do their recounts and other related issues.

He added that the University needs to look into it before the exact numbers of students for the Foundation Year and the University Institute of Technology is confirmed.

According to the M.E.S.C, 41 Colleges sat both the S.S.C. and S.S.L.C. National Examinations.  

The number comprises of 23 government colleges and 18 mission and private colleges.  

At Year 12, a total roll of 2,243 students sat the S.S.C. and Year 13 a total of 1,910 students.

All results are provisional to allow students time should they wish to apply for a recount of their examination marks in the various subject(s). 

The provisional result period is two weeks and the last day for application of recount is today, Thursday 25 January 2018.

The results were released on the 10th this month.

On Wednesday, Principal of Asau College, Fetuao Elu said 21 out of 26 students in their school, who sat the Samoa School Leaving Certificate, passed the exam and qualified for the National University of Samoa this year.

“We are very grateful for our school result, only few students made it to U.P.Y. last year, but it’s a huge step forward this year,” said Mrs. Elu.

“So it’s not something that means we can sit back and relax, but a huge challenge for us teachers."

“I am looking at working together with them (teachers) to help us move forward.”

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