PPTA Te Wehengarua Response To Minister Hipkins’ Announcements Today
Secondary teachers welcome NCEA changes
down of the changes to the National Certificate of
Educational Achievement (NCEA) over the next three years is
a positive move
that acknowledges the significant disruptions secondary students and teachers have experienced this year, says Melanie Webber, PPTA Te Wehengarua President.
“The NCEA changes reflect a generational shift in teaching and learning, that seeks to benefit all students. It is critical that these changes are not undermined by pushing ahead too quickly in the face of a pandemic.
“We’re very pleased that the Minister
has listened to teachers and heeded our concerns about the
need for the changes and timelines to be realistic.
In many ways this year has been an annus horribilus for secondary students and teachers, particularly in Tāmariki Makaurau Auckland, so the changes to NCEA need to be carried out very carefully and on a sensible scale.
the full Level 1 pilot to 2023 instead of next year and
reducing the number of schools per subject in the mini
pilots next year makes excellent sense and will take the
pressure off many schools.
For the majority of students the changes will come into effect in 2024.
Wehengarua members have determinedly and persistently
advocated for changes that have made the qualification
We are pleased that the Government continues to listen to and act on teachers’ concerns.
Sensible period of notice for Year 1-10 students’ return to school appreciated
Secondary teachers appreciate the notice given for the return of Year 1-10 students in Alert Level 3 areas.
today that these students will return from next Wednesday is
a much more realistic timeline
than that given recently for the return of senior students; two days’ notice put a huge and unnecessary pressure on schools.
“However, as always, schools made this work and have some very good processes in place that can be built on as secondary schools re-open for all students.
“With the re-opening of all schools, we urge the Government to provide clearer, sharper, national guidelines for all schools, particularly around responses to COVID-19 cases occurring in the school community.