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Positive report card for NZ Schools

23 September 2008

Positive report card for NZ Schools

The 2007 report on the compulsory school sector shows that New Zealand has a world class education system, Education Minister Chris Carter announced today.

It confirms that New Zealand schools offer quality education, through strong leadership and governance, with support from increased government investment in education.

“The report shows New Zealand students are achieving at high levels internationally and that NCEA continues to have a positive effect on student learning,” says Chris Carter.

“New Zealand schools have much to celebrate. In 2007 sixty-six percent of students left school with Level 2 NCEA or above.”

Chris Carter tabled the report New Zealand Schools Nga Kura o Aotearoa 2007: A Report on the Compulsory Schools Sector in New Zealand in Parliament today. The report reviews school finances, provides an assessment of student achievement and engagement, and comments on the quality of schooling and the effectiveness of teachers.

“Government, schools, families and communities have a common interest in improving learning outcomes for our young people. By working together we can improve achievement even further and equip our students with the skills they need to succeed,” says Chris Carter.

A recent Education Review Office report also found that schools are well run and have a clear strategic focus on improving student learning and achievement, as well as being in good health financially.

“The government is committed to supporting an education system that will help every young New Zealander stay in school, achieve the highest level of qualification relevant to their needs and abilities, and continue in education or training until at least the age of 18 years.

“I am very proud to be Minister of Education responsible for such a world class education system. The government investment of over $5 billion extra into the New Zealand education system is a sound investment for the future of our country,” says Chris Carter.

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