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 …

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