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Science education fundamental to growth

April 7, 2011

Science education fundamental to growth

Improving the quality of school science education is essential to creating a smarter society based on innovation and knowledge, says NZICT.

Chief scientist Sir Peter Gluckman’s timely report ‘Science Education for the 21st Century’ highlights a number of issues on school science education and how we might address these issues.

The report notes that by international standards, the level of science education in New Zealand performs well, but this is hampered by an unfortunate legacy of underachieving.

The report suggests a range of recommendations including a more integrated approach to teachers and the scientific community, teacher professional development, harnessing technology as an education tool and curriculum improvements among other things.

NZICT CEO Brett O’Riley says that high standards and performance in science education are essential to a range of sectors as it encourages and fosters learning, and development and research, all of which are integral to the country’s competitiveness, innovation and economic growth.

“Ensuring that the youth of New Zealand are given a good base in science education skills is common sense if we are to propel our country forward both socially and economically.

“NZICT would like to encourage government officials and agencies, the education sector and other industry sectors to contribute to this debate and to help bring about solutions and opportunities to the issues at hand,” says O’Riley.

To access the report click here.

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