Students with sad results in high school are being accepted into university teaching courses, sounding the alarms about the quality of some Australian educators.
The university sector, however, says that low scores do not tell the complete story of a student and only represent a small number of teaching admissions.
The figures published in a Senate survey show that a student was accepted into a teaching course at a Victorian university in 2018 with a score of 17.9 of a possible 99.95, while the lowest score accepted in another institution was 22.1.
The Federal Minister of Education, Simon Birmingham, says that Australians rightly expect school students to be taught in the best way, and although scores are not everything, the data is alarming.
"Our children deserve no less than high-quality teachers with high-quality skills," he told reporters on Sunday.
Senator Birmingham said that the Commonwealth, unlike state and territorial governments, does not have the power to establish minimum entry scores.
But it has introduced a literacy and arithmetic test that graduates of teaching must sit down to confirm that they have skills in the top 30%.
He urged the universities to admit only the students who are likely to pass the test, and asked the states and territories to make sure that the tests are implemented.
The president of the Educational Union of Australia, Correna Haythorpe, said that a test at the end of a title is "upside down".
"You really need to know before a person enters a course if they have those problems," he told AAP.
Ms. Haythorpe said that educators want the federal government to lead the introduction of minimum teaching scores.
"It is also necessary to create accountability mechanisms so that universities do not use backdoor approaches," said Ms. Haythorpe.
Victorian institutions accepted the two lowest entry scores, even though the state government introduced a minimum score for teaching courses of 65 in 2018, with plans to increase the benchmark to 70 in 2019.
The education minister of Victoria, James Merlino, ordered an urgent investigation of all the data of entrance to the university to guarantee the fulfillment of the standards.
The university sector has emphasized that only two percent of teaching students have an entry score below 50.
The executive director of Universities Australia, Catriona Jackson, said that the lowest scores are "atypical extremes".
She said that the personal circumstances of those students are unknown and that they may have suffered a tragedy in their last year of school.
"A young person who has lost a parent while trying to complete his last year of school, for example, should not be rejected from college," he said.