Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

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


School Qualification mess continues

School Qualification mess continues

Nick Smith - National Education Spokesperson

The Minister of Education seems more interested in placating teachers than in delivering a robust qualification for Sixth Form students next year, says National’s Education spokesman Nick Smith.

“The Minister should not abrogate responsibility for what school qualifications are offered onto teachers without input from Boards, principals and students. It might suit teachers in different departments to offer different qualifications, but for students to do some subjects NCEA and others Sixth Form Certificate is an awful muddle.

“The reform of our school qualifications is turning into a joke of Faulty Towers proportions that would be hilarious were it not so serious.

“The transitional 6th form certificate for next year will lack credibility with Mr Mallard’s decision to let each school decide the grades for its students. Add to this each school department deciding on whether NCEA or 6th form certificate will be offered and the end product will be both confusing and worthless.

“If the Minister had got his act together earlier in the year when it was obvious level 2 NCEA could not be fully implemented next year, a proper mechanism for generating 6th form grades could have been developed.

“Responsibility for this mess rests clearly with Mr Mallard who continues to ignore principals, boards, parents, students and teachers legitimate concerns about the NCEA,” said Dr Smith.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Government's Assault On Maori

This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Audrey Young in the NZ Herald has compiled a useful list of the many ways Christopher Luxon plans to roll back the progress made in race relations over the past forty years. He has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. More


ACT: Renews Call To Abolish Human Rights Commission

“The Human Rights Commission’s appointment of a second Chief Executive is just the latest example of a taxpayer-funded bureaucracy serving itself at the expense of delivery for New Zealanders,” says ACT MP Todd Stephenson... More

Public Housing Futures: Christmas Comes Early For Landlords

New CTU analysis of the National & ACT coalition agreement has shown the cost of returning interest deductibility to landlords is an extra $900M on top of National’s original proposal. This is because it is going to be implemented earlier and faster, including retrospective rebates from April 2023. More

PSA: MFAT Must Reverse Decision To Remove Te Reo

MFAT's decision to remove te reo from correspondence before new Ministers are sworn in risks undermining the important progress the public sector has made in honouring te Tiriti. "We are very disappointed in what is a backward decision - it simply seems to be a Ministry bowing to the racist rhetoric we heard on the election campaign trail," says Marcia Puru. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.