Parliament

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

 

School Certificate Figures Misleading

School Certificate Figures Misleading

Tuesday, September 11 2001 Donna Awatere Huata Press Releases -- Commerce


ACT Education Spokesman Donna Awatere Huata revealed today that 12,883 out of the 62,465 students who sat School Certificate last year achieved no better than D or E grades.

"The Minister's responses to my Parliamentary questions show that 20 percent of the students sitting the exam last year achieved actually failed every subject ' since D grades are given for marks of 49 or less.

"Of course, it is not called failing now, because even if you get all D and E grades you are still issued with a certificate and regarded as if you have a qualification. Indeed 1457 students were issued certificates last year even though their only 'qualification' was a single E grade ' for a score of 29 or less.

"It is misleading and unfair to students to give them the impression they have gained a qualification ' when clearly it is not worth the paper it is printed on.

"These statistics show that the numbers of students failing to get qualifications is much higher than the Government would want us to believe. The Government says that 10,262 students left last year without qualifications ' that's students who didn't sit School Certificate. And yet an extra more than 12,000 students, although sitting the exam failed to get any marks of 50 or more.

"All of this is just not good enough. Employers need more accurate outcomes and students need to know exactly what their abilities are. The Government claims it is fixing this problem through the NCEA.

"But I have seen research that shows that an NCEA test score will be more than twice as unreliable as current exams.

"This government has shown that its can talk about policy, but is not able to set benchmarks to see it through. If students are to compete in a modern knowledge-based economy we must raise the standards in education with accurate testing and assessment," Mrs Huata said.

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Fudging On Child Poverty, And America’s Diplomatic Dance With Iran

If you want a good insight into what the limits of tiny, barely discernible steps to reduce poverty actually look like, delve into the latest Statistics Department figures on poverty in New Zealand Most of the nine measures utilised reveal little or no progress in combatting poverty over the 21 months to March 2020... More>>


 

Government: Reserve Bank To Take Account Of Housing In Decision Making

The Reserve Bank is now required to consider the impact on housing when making monetary and financial policy decisions, Grant Robertson announced today. Changes have been made to the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee’s remit requiring it to take into ... More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: Alert Levels Remain

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says at least half of the Papatoetoe High School community have been tested and the results that have come through so far have all been negative... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: Latest Release Of Child Poverty Statistics

All measures of child poverty were trending downwards, prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, across the two years since year ended June 2018, Stats NZ said today. The COVID-19 lockdown in late March 2020 affected Stats NZ’s ability to collect data from households ... More>>

ALSO:


NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

The Dig: An Illogical Ideological Struggle

Dig beneath all the trade wars and the arguments to the effect that the USA should not permit China to achieve economic and technological superiority, or even parity, and you find the real reason behind the conflict... More>>

Travel: Government Eases Visa Restrictions For Visitors In New Zealand

Visitor visa holders will be able to stay in New Zealand a little longer as the Government eases restrictions for those still here, the Minister of Immigration has announced. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels