Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

National Will Bring Back Exams

Saturday 5 May 2001

National plans to introduce exams for secondary school students from 2003 to counter concerns about the National Certificate of Educational Achievement, National's Education spokesperson Gerry Brownlee said to the party's Northern Region Conference in Auckland today.

"We've been raising our concerns about the NCEA since February. Mr Mallard has done nothing to fix it, except introduce a meaningless grade point average mark.

"National recognises the need for schools, students and parents to have certainty about our qualifications system. That's why we've announced our plans today.

"The exams will have marks awarded so students know exactly how well they've done. We will be working with experts in the education field to establish a New Zealand based external exam.

"National firmly believes that scholarship is worth encouraging so we will call the new qualifications the 'National Education Scholarship'. It will be offered at years 11, 12 and 13.

"The National Education Scholarship will be a qualification that means something.

"In 2003 some students could be studying for the NCEA, others will opt for the National Education Scholarship, some will seek and be awarded both," Mr Brownlee said.

Gerry Brownlee also announced National's plans to introduce national testing at primary school level so progress towards achieving the goal of 'every nine-year-old able to read, write and do maths' can be measured. "We also need to identify those kids that need help so programmes can be better targeted.

"We'll do basic assessments, like those already done by many teachers in New Zealand, from day one in primary school. The difference will be that every teacher will be assessing their pupils and they'll all be measuring the same thing. We will test how well each pupil has progressed in reading, writing and maths at age eight and again at age 12," Mr Brownlee said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>

 

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels