Friday 31 March 2017

Private tertiary institution ordered to stop enrolling students

A private tertiary school in Auckland has been told to stop enrolling students amid doubts about its courses.

Sex education – are schools getting it right?

Schools may not even know updated sex education guidelines exist, their author fears.

Illuminating approach to coding sparking passion in primary school pupils

Coding and computing have become the norm at a Porirua school with bright-eyed pupils getting set to make their digital mark on a Wellington festival. Corinna School is one of five primary schools across the region taking part in the LUX Kids Project …

Teachers opting for relief work over full-time positions due to heavy workload

Experienced teachers in Wellington are opting out of full-time work because they are feeling burnt out by increasing workloads.

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Thursday 30 March 2017

Principal Matters: special education in crisis

Feasgar math! Greetings to you all from Scotland! As I mentioned in my last newsletter I am in Edinburgh this week attending the International Summit on Education with the Minister of Education and three other sector representatives. I shall report …

Boost for Maori in tech

But a 2015 study found just 1 percent of Maori in tertiary education were studying information and communications technology. “So there is a bit of a gap between the opportunities that are out there and how we connect people to those opportunities so …

NZ universities ‘not relaxing standards’

Kathryn Ryan talks to Professor Stuart McCutcheon the Chair of Universities New Zealand, who is strongly denying that universities are lowering standards for entering university or passing courses. It follows our story yesterday about lecturers saying they are being forced to pass incompetent students or face losing funding.

Principals are not getting enough assistance

There is a real crisis in getting necessary help for kids in need up here in Te Tai Tokerau.

Tertiary staff suffering under National

New survey results from the Tertiary Education Union of more than a thousand sector staff members show wellbeing is in decline and stress levels are up under National which ultimately leads to students suffering, says Labour’s Education spokesperson …

Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 March 2017

Digital learning supported in New Plymouth school upgrades

Spotswood College is developing a new $2 million learning support centre for students with special educational needs, while the $1.6 million project at Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea will deliver four extra classrooms to help meet roll growth …

Tertiary educators under increasing pressure to pass students …

University and polytechnic staff are being pressured to pass students who would otherwise fail to meet Government targets, a Tertiary Education Union survey …

New resource to help Maori raising gay, gender-diverse children

A booklet’s been published that aims to help Maori families who are struggling to talk with their young gay people, as Leigh Marama McLachlan reports.

International test of 5-year-olds raises fears

The International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study will assess children’s emerging literacy and numeracy, and their social and emotional skills, as our education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.

Academics: ‘We’re pressured to ignore cheating and pass incompetent students’

Academics say they are being pressured to change assessments, ignore cheating and pass incompetent students so their institutions can pocket the students’ fees.A survey of 1006 members of the tertiary education union has found 63…

Student cheated three times and still passed: Lecturer

A student who was caught cheating three times was still allowed to pass the course, his lecturer says.The former lecturer, who asked to remain anonymous, said he resigned from the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) in protest…

Lecturers say govt targets forcing them to pass students

The tertiary education union which represents academics & university lecturers says its members are increasingly feeling pressure to pass incompetent students. A survey of just over 1000 of its members found 63 per cent felt they came under more heat in the past decade to pass a higher percentage of students. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Union president Dr Sandra Grey who puts the problem down to government targets and the spectre of losing funding.

Tertiary Union: Staff pushed to pass under-performing students

Mr Goldsmith said in that same period, the number of Maori completing bachelors degrees increased by 61 percent, while Pasifika graduates increased by 74 percent. He said this is a great success and everyone in the tertiary education sector can be …

Adult learning meets growing need for social engagement

Selwyn Community Education, along with other adult education facilities around New Zealand, is experiencing a significant increase in people signing up for night classes and weekend workshops.

Universities should be places of intellectual diversity, not just cultural diversity

In the past, that might have been an assertion made by left-wingers, justifiably bemoaning the dearth of women or ethnic minorities in tertiary education. Nowadays, though, it’s a fashionable right-wing joke – and it’s not that funny. But as the old …

Monday 27 March

Call for a systems overhaul for a digital-age education sector

“I see children all the time who could benefit from extra assistance, and who are struggling with basic literacy, numeracy, and problem behaviours. “I don’t think it’s an expectation for perfect [resources]. It’s about the right of every single child …

Digital learning supported in New Plymouth school upgrades

Spotswood College is developing a new $2 million learning support centre for students with special educational needs, while the $1.6 million project at Te Pi’ipi’inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea will deliver four extra classrooms to help meet roll growth …

Showcasing Communities of Learning on an international stage

Education Minister Hekia Parata is travelling to the United Kingdom, to talk with international experts about the biggest change to New Zealand’s education system in 30 years. Ms Parata will share this country’s experience with Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako during meetings in London, and then in Scotland at the 7th International Summit on the Teaching Profession being held in Edinburgh. “We have already had a great deal of interest from other countries in what we’re doing in New Zealand,” says Ms Parata.

Researchers want replacement for deciles

Education researchers are worried replacing the decile system will make it harder to monitor the impact of disadvantage on children, as our education correspondent John Gerritsen reports…

Schools told compulsory ‘BYO device’ policies are illegal

Education bosses are set to remind all schools that they can’t enforce bring your own device policies on parents – even though a majority of Kiwi schools have now adopted them.A survey by Network4Learning , which provides state-funded…

Thriving students speaks volumes at partnership school

Poole says these huge disparities and outcomes between the different socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities are very evident in education. “In Level 3 NCEA for example, 74 percent of Asians achieve it; 57 percent of Europeans; 41 percent of …

The problem of how to replace school deciles

The school decile is not yet dead, but researchers are already thinking about how they will replace it with a new way of comparing schools and students from different backgrounds.

 

 

Friday 24 March 2017

Chart of the day: How many Northland students are at or above National Standards?

Mental health campaigner Lucy McSweeney wants to shake up mental health education in schools

However, schools are self managed and are required to work closely with their school communities to draft their own health curriculums specific to their needs, he said. Currently the Ministry of Education requires every year 9 student’s mental health …

Teacher aides told there is no funding freeze for schools’ funding

Education Minister Hekia Parata has waded into a tit-for-tat argument with an education union, welcoming bargaining for teacher aides by saying there was no freeze of schools’ funding.

 

Thursday 23 March 2017

Value of international education breaks $100 million mark

The Economic Impact of International Education Report 2015/16 for Manawatū Whanganui has found the industry is now worth $100 million in foreign exchange earnings to the region. For the first time, the report breaks down the region. The vast majority …

Whānau both help and hinder Māori students – study

Māori students identified whānau support as the main reason for their success but also said it was their family commitments that made studying more difficult. Higher education success for Māori has become a priority for the government, especially …

Govt has cut millions off early childhood education: Study

A new study estimates that the Government has cut $260 million a year off funding for preschool childcare and education since 2010.The study by Infometrics says the money has been cut through two changes made in 2010: axing a…

 

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Play.Sport having an impact one year on

Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says up to 20,000 children are benefiting from a pilot programme which seeks to transform the way physical education (PE) is taught in schools. “We’re now one year into the three year pilot of Play.Sport and the number of schools taking part has grown from 34 to 44,” says Dr Coleman. “20,000 children at schools across Waikatere and Upper Hutt where the pilot is taking place are now benefitting from this new model of delivering PE. …

Future Uni students give proposed tertiary model ‘thumbs down’

Universities and potential tertiary students are already dismissing The Productivity Commission’s report: New models of Tertiary Education released this morning. Māori and Pasifika students say it’s hard enough to access University and the …

South Canterbury falls behind national te reo Maori NCEA rate

Kaitoko Mātauraka (Ngāi Tahu education advisor) Irai Weepu said learning te reo Māori provided access to Te Ao Māori (The Māori world) and their world view. “It is important for students to learn te reo Māori and have the opportunity to develop their …

Scrap interest-free student loans, report recommends

“But it should not also be a significant subsidy to those who will reap private benefits from their education. It should feature a higher repayment threshold than is currently the case… a progressive repayment schedule; and interest charged on new …

National’s tertiary education experiment is failing

Putting 17 people at risk of losing their jobs and denying students the opportunity to learn valuable skills in the arts and social sciences is far too high a price to pay for the government to continue its failing experiment in market-based approaches …

Study describes what helps and hinders Māori success

Māori university graduates describe whānau (family) support as the top factor that helped them to complete their qualifications, while family responsibilities and commitments made completion of their studies more difficult, according to research …