Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Comment On OECD Report

Simplified Spelling Society
December 5 2001

Media Release Re: OECD Report On Literacy, Numeracy, And Science

The high placings for New Zealand in the OECD's Program for International Student Assessment study is good news, but no cause for complacency, says the Simplified Spelling Society's New Zealand spokesman, Allan Campbell.

The study, of 15-year-olds in 32 countries, looked at reading, mathematics, and science. In these New Zealand was ranked third, third, and sixth respectively.

"It's good to know that we have a high proportion of teenagers doing well in these subjects, but what about those who are not doing so well?" he asked.

In September Professor Philip Seymour, of Dundee University, reported to the British Festival of Science on a study of children learning to read in 15 European countries. The study found that the British children, reading above the British norm, took up to two years more to master reading than did the children in the other 14 languages. The study ranked them last, and placed much of the blame on English spelling, the tool of reading.

"If this is the position of English-speakers at the start of their schooling, the question needs to be asked: What other learning do they miss out on while trying to catch up so that at age 15 they are reading as well as the other nations, as shown in this latest survey?" he asked.

If our spelling was made logical they would not be subjected to playing catch-up in literacy.

Allan Campbell
NZ representative
Simplified Spelling Society

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news