Nowadays, attending higher education is more common than ever. This raises the question of whether universities should be opened to everyone, regardless of their ages nor their academic performances, or it should remain a place for only top-scorers. In my opinion, the university-level education should remain only for those who meet academic requirements, while others can still access higher-level education by other means.
There are reasons why people believe that the universities should be opened to everyone, regardless of their ages and abilities. Firstly, each and every citizen should be able to access education, regardless of their ages. For example, every year, there are lots of adults taking the university entrance exam in Vietnam because they did not have money or time to go to the university when they were younger. Secondly, because of the importance of having qualifications when applying for a job is growing dramatically, so is the need for some kind of educational institutions for post-high-school students. Many of the high school graduates do not perform well enough in the high school to get into universities, but well enough to get them into some forms of higher education, like vocational schools. In addition, since the universities are offering an increasing number of majors that does not seem to correlate with outstanding academic performance, such as those of the performing arts.
However, it is understandable why universities want to filter out its students by academic abilities. Some of the majors in university-level, if not most of them, are intense, such as engineering or medical ones. This academic barrier helps to create a focused atmosphere for students since they can grow to their fullest potentials without having to slow their paces to wait for others to keep up. Also, by putting up certain requirements, the universities are actually helping those who do not meet them. This is because if they insist on applying to the universities whose courses are too rigorous for them, they will have a hard time keeping up and will usually drop out, wasting both their and the professors’ time.
In a conclusion, I think that while both viewpoints have their own stands, the concept of attending higher education can be widened to not just universities. Universities and colleges can still keep their academic requirements for academic-based majors, while those who cannot meet these requirements can still apply for vocational schools.
Nguồn: DOL English