Hello, I am Dimitri Papadedes and I am writing this blog to share my opinion on whether grade 12 university level English should be a requirement for entry for all university programs. I believe that grade 12 university level English should not be a requirement for all university programs.
Grade 12 university level English should only be a requirement for university when the program of interest revolves around English for example, an undergraduate degree majoring in English, History, Political Science, Philosophy etc. If an undergraduate degree does not have a strong component of English then, grade 12 university level English should not be a prerequisite.
This being said, grade 12 university level English could be set as a recommendation for all undergraduate programs, with certain programs mandating grade 12 English for enrollment in that program. This allows for flexibility in the level of English you take at high school. For example, you could still get into a university bachelor of science program if you take grade 12 English at a college level.
Some people may have great difficulty with grade 12 university level English. They may not be very good at writing essays, sharing their opinion, or reading but excel at mathematics or the sciences. Due to getting a poor mark in English, that may be the breaking point of whether or not they get into their university program of choice. All university programs require a level of literacy and I believe that by taking English throughout the years of high school achieves this and should not determine the fate of your post-secondary education.
Many skills can be acquired from English classes and therefore grade 12 English should still be mandatory for high school graduation but it should not always be included in the six university level courses that allow entry into the program.
In comparison, making grade 12 English a requirement for all university programs such as a science program is similar to making a different course, such as grade 12 chemistry, mandatory for an arts program.
I welcome your thoughts and opinions on this matter in the comments below.