The number of schools using online exams this year has dropped by three, raising questions about an official target of offering all exams online by 2020. Only 52 of the 420 schools offering the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) have signed up for students to sit their exams online this year, down from 55 last year.
The Unicef report ranks the country at 33 out of 38 for inequality in the classroom, using global data from different reports looking at education from early education to secondary school.
As the teacher shortage reaches crisis point, the Government is looking overseas for 900 teachers. But will its recruitment plan be enough?
The introduction of National Standards by the previous government saw a major change to our primary school curriculum. More class time was spent on the ‘basics’ of literacy and numeracy, which meant that some subjects were pushed out of an already crowded curriculum.
Industry Training Federation of New Zealand: New analysis exposing the real cost to taxpayers of tertiary education shows that work-based traineeships and apprenticeships are the most cost-effective and efficient way to provide the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs.
NZGovt: New research shows the most recent annual economic value of international education is $5.1 billion, making it the country’s fourth largest export, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “$4.8 billion is attributed to international students visiting New Zealand and $0.3 billion to education and training goods and services delivered offshore,” Chris Hipkins said.
NZEI: Primary teachers’ union NZEI TE Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education are set to begin facilitation on Monday 5th November at 10.30am.
A planned nationwide strike of primary school teachers and principals is still on, despite both parties agreeing to facilitation. The Employment Relations Authority has accepted a joint application for facilitation lodged by the primary teachers’ union and the Ministry of Education.
A survey by the Early Childhood Council has found that 30 per cent of childcare centres have unfilled vacancies for qualified teachers this month, with the average time required to get a suitable applicant up from 70 working days at this time last year to 97 days.
New Zealand Education Institute -Te Riu Roa (NZEI) president Lynda Stuart says schools are at a crisis with teacher shortages and retention, particularly reo Māori teachers in both kaupapa Māori and mainstream schools.
How important is it to pronounce a student’s name properly?. Dr Punita Rice is an education researcher and academic adviser with John Hopkins University in the US. She has very firm views on teachers being culturally proficient in increasingly diverse schools.
Catholic Education Office: Proprietors and Principals of state integrated Schools embrace opportunity to meet with Education Minister.
Making civics part of the curriculum would develop the type of knowledge, skills and dispositions students need for a lifetime of citizen involvement, argues Dr Bronwyn Wood
Primary school teachers have voted to strike and will walk off the job for a week from November 12.
Parents of primary school aged children will be hoping mediation will avert new strike action announced last night by teachers.
Earlier on Morning Report the president of the NZ Principals Federation Whetu Cormick told us the dispute could be settled without any further increase to the pay offer. The Secretary for Education is Iona Holsted.
RNZ education correspondent, John Gerritsen, has been asking teachers and principals what they make of it all one year down the track.
Tertiary education is at a “crossroads” as the wrath of a “neo-liberal approach” and the fight for a public-funded sector collide, says Michael Gilchrist.
Chris Hipkins says there was hesitation among school leaders to employ new teachers because they required extra support.
One in five teacher training graduates don’t end up working in schools – but it’s not because schools don’t want them, education professionals say.
Equity in Education: Breaking down barriers to social mobility finds that, on average across OECD countries with comparable data, more than two-thirds of the achievement gap observed at age 15 and about two-thirds of the gap among 25-29 year-olds was already seen among 10-year-olds.
Pseudoscience could take hold of New Zealand if curious children don’t pursue science in schools. But primary teachers don’t have the confidence to teach students science due to inadequate training and a lack of resources, says House of Science CEO and founder Chris Duggan.
Universities contested the statistics, with Universities New Zealand director Chris Whelan saying the results “the potential to mislead students” because those who changed degrees were double counted as both a dropout and a successful completion.
A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that differences between socio-economic groups in New Zealand are now close to the OECD averages in reading, maths and science.
We live in a digital world but, according to a recent report from global management company Accenture, our education system prepares us for an analogue past.
Schools are about to become focused on money as the Government helps to roll out a finance module that will fit into the New Zealand curriculum.
In order for the language to live, we must come together as regions. Tauranga Moana te reo Māori advocate, Ngareta Timutimu says it the way forward.
NZGovt: A Pacific Aotearoa website has been launched ahead of November’s Summit to share what the Pacific community have said in relation to a refreshed Pacific Vision.
While lecturing the United Nations recently, our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern failed to acknowledge that we have, statistically, one of the most racist education systems in the OECD. Collectively we barely lift a finger in protest and/or to seek change.
University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon will step down at the end of next year.
Notable Maori educator Sir Toby Curtis is demanding an urgent hearing before the Waitangi Tribunal on Wai 2770. The claim centres on the closure of Partnership Schools in NZ.
The demand for teachers will ease in primary schools in the next three years, but get much worse in secondary schools, a new forecast from the Education Ministry shows. See also: Overseas teacher recruitment drive doubles
The head of the Principals Federation says a lack of familiarity with things Māori can’t be held against migrant teachers – because many New Zealand-born teachers also lack cultural awareness.
The inaugural holiday programme to teach Rarotonga children the local culture and way of life through farming and other activities has been hailed a huge success.
A bid to change a Dunedin school’s name is gaining traction following accusations its namesake covered up sex abuse.
Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Whare) and Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith are two of six University of Otago researchers who have been recognised in this year’s New Zealand Research Honours Awards. See also: Six Otago researchers recognised in NZ research honours
Regent International Education Group, an Auckland business school, has been closed after problems with plagiarism, poor assessment practices and low visa approval rates.
Beehive: The passage of the Education Amendment Bill this afternoon draws a line under some of the most divisive policies of the previous Government and puts the emphasis back on quality education, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
PPTA: The government’s support for quality public education has been demonstrated today with the passage of the bill repealing charter schools.
Wintec: Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) now has New Zealand’s first new school of physiotherapy in 45 years, a coup for the central North Island.
Parents of primary school children have been given a month to prepare for strike action if teachers and principals vote “yes” in a secret ballot.
Research shows that a child’s development is improved by learning about other languages and cultures.
New Zealand’s education system is lacking thought leadership, according to futurist Frances Valintine. “If you went to a principal today and said, ‘What is the strategy for New Zealand’s education future?’ I think they would struggle to answer that question,” she said.
A Māori education consultant says many in the sector need help to get over the fear factor when it comes to teaching Māori children.
The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 requires schools have a child protection policy, but a journalist’s research shows they have been tardy.
Wellington high school students talk about online safety and issues at the Online Safety Advocates’ programme launch.
NZEI: As the Equal Pay Amendment Bill has its first reading, a 12-year struggle for pay equity will also draw to a close for Education Support Workers, who will be receiving their first payslips with pay increases of up to 30% today.
TEU: Tertiary Education Union (TEU) national president Sandra Grey and NZ Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) president Jonathan Gee today welcomed a new amendment to theEducation Amendment Bill tabled by Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick that, if passed, will increase student and staff representation on tertiary education councils.
NZEI: The union representing early childhood teachers has added its voice to ECE employers’ call to Government to do more to reverse a teacher shortage in early childhood services.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said preliminary reports showed “moderate evidence” of shortages among primary, secondary and early childhood teachers and it needed strong evidence before any of the occupations could be added to its Essential Skills in Demand Lists.
The Government is throwing more money at the teachers’ shortage, but a union boss says it’s unlikely to sway teachers voting on strike action.
New Zealand has 55,020 registered teachers, as at April 2017 – 40,819 of these are women. That is almost three times the 14,201 male teachers educating our children.
Flaxmere College, in the heart of the titular Hastings suburb, didn’t always cater to students’ needs like this. In 2009, it hit a low. Its students were underperforming, and truant. Only a third were achieving NCEA levels 1 and 2, and only eight per cent were achieving level 3.
Ministry of Education deputy secretary Katrina Casey said “experienced learning support specialists are always in high demand”. It provides about 250 study grants each year for people wanting to work with special needs children.
More EIS staff were being “actively recruited, but it will take time for the effects of this to have an impact on reducing the wait for families,” Casey said.
NZGovt: The Coalition Government is ramping up efforts to attract over 850 additional teachers to meet an expected shortfall next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.
NZEI: NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Government’s announcement of new initiatives to address the growing teacher shortage, but says teaching must become a sustainable career choice if there is to be a long-term solution.