At the Australian university, international students planning to study here may have to face tougher English language entry requirement after a push from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Several calls to the federal government have been made to check the English entry requirements at the Australian university, concerns international students are falling behind
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in his writing to the Victorian branch of the National Tertiary Education Union said he will urge the Morrison government to make modifications.
According to current requirement system, students enrolling for student visa need a score of at least 5.5 out of 9 in the International English Language Testing System. While some of the universities require a score between 6 and 7 but a score of 4.5 – classified as a limited or modest grasp of English is granted by the government if the student enrolls in a 20-week intensive English course.
James Merlino (Victoria’s acting Minister for Higher Education), has issued a statement saying it’s compromising international students’ ability to learn in Australia. Mr. Merlino said in a statement. “International students are a vital part of Victoria’s education system but it’s concerning that some students are enrolled in courses without adequate English language skills to complete them. This isn’t fair to either those students or teaching staff, which is why we will look at raising this issue at a federal level,”
Dan Tehan(Federal Education Minister) stated in a statement that it’s solely the responsibility of universities to give students adequate language skills. ,” Mr. Tehan further said, “You can judge the quality of Australia’s sector by the number of international students that we attract, with the British-based Centre for Global Higher Education predicting Australia will leapfrog the UK to become the world’s second-most popular destination for international students this year. Universities are responsible for ensuring the students they enroll have the language skills to participate fully in their education and meeting the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework 2015”
But Phil Honeywood (International Education Association of Australia chief executive) says universities have already set high English standards for international students.