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Boys Achievement Statistics Flawed

Boys Achievement Statistics Flawed for Wellington Institute of Technology

PRESS RELEASE

12 August 2013

Referring to an article published in The Dom Post today, Boys slip further in school's co-ed class, Linda Sissons, Chief Executive of the Wellington Institute of Technology commented, “The article refers to the achievement statistics for 5 boys studying with the Wellington Trades Academy and representing this as 60% not achieved for NCEA level 3 is flawed.

“Our achievement rates for all dual enrolled* students are 89% for NCEA level 2 which is higher than the national average of 84% achievement in 2012.

“WelTec is contracted to provide level 2 NCEA to students studying with the Wellington Trades Academy. If students achieve level 3 NCEA that’s a bonus. Of the 5 boys who had some credits towards level 3 in 2012, 2 were awarded NCEA levels 2 and 3, 2 achieved level 2 NCEA and 1 is now studying at level 4. This is actually a success story. Furthermore, 81% of the 58 boys who studied with the Trades Academy in 2012 achieved NCEA level 2, above the national average of 80% for Year 12 boys in 2012.

“The Wellington Institute of Technology has the second highest course completion rate in New Zealand. So we are doing a really good job for our students, especially young men who constitute a majority of our students,” says Linda Sissons


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