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PPTA Delegates Urged to Vote for Sixth Form Cert

PPTA Delegates Urged to Vote for Continuation of Sixth Form Certificate Next Year

Wednesday 25 Sep 2002 Donna Awatere Huata Press Releases -- Education

ACT education spokesman Donna Awatere Huata is urging PPTA delegates to vote against the implementation of Level 2 of the NCEA at their annual meeting tomorrow.

"It's important that delegates recognise the widespread concerns of parents, teachers and children when they cast their votes.

"Anything but a vote in favour of the continuation of Sixth From Certificate will consign thousands of young people to the uncertainty of a valueless, meaningless qualification that rewards mediocrity.

"The best option would be to scrap the NCEA completely and reinstate a system of nationwide external examinations that are of a high standard and internationally comparable.

"Delegates at tomorrow's vote will have an opportunity to restore some certainty and confidence in the minds of parents and children - not to mention the teachers they represent - by voting against the continuation of the NCEA experiment next year.

"I hope they won't squander that opportunity", Mrs Awatere Huata said.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

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