Rāhina 3 o Hakihea Monday 3 December

NCEA report underscores areas for improvement

A review into the National Certificate of Educational Achievement, or NCEA, has given the secondary school assessment format a mixed report card.

Compiled by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), the report found 63 percent of people did not feel the system worked well, while 67 percent felt it hindered “good teaching and learning”.

Education Ministry questions NCEA’s credibility – internal assessment seen as ‘easier’

The Ministry of Education is questioning the credibility of the senior school assessment system after finding that students are two to three times more likely to get “excellence” grades if they are internally assessed – by their own teachers.

External exams – An essential check, or a ‘colonial system’?

Views extremely mixed on value of external examinations.

Teacher shortage a ‘catastrophe’ in 2017 – now it’s worse

Secondary schools around the country are going into the new year nearly 1500 teachers short. The extent of the shortage was revealed in a new survey conducted by the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association.

School guidance counsellors operating in ‘crisis mode’

High school guidance counsellors are struggling with low staffing levels and a deluge of mental health issues, leading to rushed appointments and service compromises.

Mental health service for Canterbury schools receives 500+ requests in seven months

The Government promised 80 mental health professionals for post-quake Canterbury schools. They are not just working in the classroom.

Media releases


Public feedback provides guide for the future of NCEA

Ministry of Education: Thousands of New Zealanders’ views on NCEA and its future have been captured in a report released by the Ministry of Education today.

The report, compiled by the New Zealand Council for Education Research (NZCER), analyses the feedback gathered from surveys, formal submissions, workshops, in-depth interviews and focus groups.



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