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Prospective teachers in Kansas will have to meet more stringent standards for entry into state schools of education, including a provision that requires successful completion of six hours of mathematics, under a plan approved by the state's higher-education governing board.

The state's board of regents approved the requirements last month, following recommendations developed by a state task force on teacher education.

Effective in 1995, the standards will require prospective education students to maintain a 2.75 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The existing standard requires students to maintain a 2.0 grade-point average.

Students will also be required to maintain a C average in 15 credit hours of specified courses, including six hours of English composition, three hours of oral communications, three hours of college algebra, and three hours of higher math.

Students will also have to score higher on the math portion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test.

Although the new requirements are aimed at improving the overall quality of teacher candidates, one reason for strengthening the math requirements, a regents' spokeswoman said, is that some students' math skills were so poor that they could not pass a remedial college course.

The standards are expected to reduce enrollments in schools of education by between 10 percent and 30 percent.

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