Students to be quizzed on whether they can cook five hot meals
Sixth formers1 are to be quizzed on whether they can cook five hot meals and how often they should change their sheets, as part of a Government-backed scheme to prepare them for university.
Ministers are urging schools to put on special workshops for students ages 16-18 to ensure they feel comfortable with the prospect of leaving home. The course will teach pupils how to manage their finances and how to live independently.
According to the course materials, teachers should ask students questions which may not have occurred to them, such as “what is the price of a litre of milk?” and “list 5 hot meals you can cook from scratch” and “how often will you wash your sheets once you move out?”
Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, said: “We are all very conscious that moving away from home and going to university is one of the most exciting things that happens in your life but it can also be very daunting.” He said that an important part of education is preparing children for adulthood so “and it is right that we teach them what to expect for life after school”. Mr. Hinds said that when he got to university, he discovered he had “relied on my mum more than I realised I did” adding: “I wish I could have cooked better.”
Earlier this year, ministers set up a new taskforce called the Education Transitions Network, which includes representatives from Universities UK, Ucas and the National Union of Students. It is part of a drive by the Department for Education to address the rise in students who report mental health issues during their time at university.
Data released earlier this year showed that the number of students declaring mental health problems on arrival at university has surged. Figures obtained showed a 73 percent rise between 2014-15 and 2017-18 in students stating that they had a condition such as depression or anxiety before starting their courses.
Sixth formers是指上Sixth Form College的學生。這個college是英國專為考大學設立的學校。Sixth Form的概念相當於高中教育資格，通常針對16-18歲的學生，成績較好，適合需要專心學習衝刺考大學的學生。