Many univer­si­ties take new stu­dents with low grades

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Al­most a quar­ter of univer­sity and tech­ni­cal col­lege de­part­ments have ac­cepted new stu­dents that at­tained less than 50 per­cent in their en­trance ex­ams, it emerged yesterday.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry pub­lished the re­sults of the sum­mer ex­ams, which showed that the av­er­age grades among se­nior high school leavers had dropped fur­ther. As a re­sult, 106 of 463 de­part­ments in the ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor have taken on teenagers with a mark lower than 10 out of 20, once con­sid­ered the pass mark.

A to­tal of 104,616 teens ap­plied for places at univer­si­ties and tech­ni­cal col­leges (TEIs), which is al­most 5,000 more than pre­vi­ous years. Just un­der 71,000 were ac­cepted, which is slightly down on last year’s 72,763.

One in six stu­dents got into the univer­sity that was their first choice. Univer­si­ties and TEIs out­side of Greece’s big cities saw a drop in in­ter­est, which is thought to have been prompted by par­ents’ grow­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

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