Parliament

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

 

Inquiry Into School Qual’s Debacle Needed


National Pushes Urgent Parliamentary Inquiry Into School Qual’s Debacle

Hon Nick Smith - National Education Spokesperson

The Education and Science Select Committee must this week initiate an urgent inquiry into the debacle over school qualifications for next year, says National’s Education Spokesperson Nick Smith.

“It is a fiasco that schools begin the last term tomorrow without knowing what qualification they will be doing next year. Having only one term left to prepare and plan for the biggest change in sixth form qualifications in twenty years is courting with disaster.

“The secondary teachers union, school trustees association and secondary principals association have all been highly critical of the Governments implementation of the new NCEA.

“The Minister proposition that schools do a mix of four different qualifications next year is a recipe for chaos. The achievement standards for Level 2 NCEA are not even ready yet and teachers have not yet received any professional development.

“The Transitional Sixth Form Certificate has already been discredited by the NZQA saying it lacks credibility. Unit Standards only apply to a limited range of subjects. The fourth option of doing a 2 year NCEA level 3 programme is a cop-out for students acquiring no qualification at all for their sixth form year of work.

“The Government has no appreciation of the chaos this dogs breakfast of qualifications will cause for students. A student with three subjects in sixth form certificate and two subjects NCEA Level 2 has two halves of nothing. It will be impossible for employers and tertiary institutions trying to make fair comparisons of competing students academic records and it is inevitable that this mess will result in injustices.

“There is so much uncertainty and confusion that Parliament’s Select Committee must demand urgent answers from the Minister, Ministry and the Qualifications Authority. We must get a better deal for next years 58,000 sixth form students,” says Dr Smith.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>

ALSO:

Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>

ALSO:

Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>

ALSO:

Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>

ALSO:

Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>

ALSO:

Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>

ALSO:

Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels