NCEA to be reviewed

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has announced the terms of a review of NCEA, the unit standards system that the last Labour government replaced School Certificate, University Entrance and Bursary with.

This follows the more immediate and drastic scrapping of National Standards that the National government imposed on primary and intermediate schools. It was unpopular with teacher unions and many teachers so was never going to work well.


NCEA review terms of reference announced

Overassessment of students and teacher workload will be addressed as part of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) review starting early next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.

Mr Hipkins said the NCEA review is an opportunity to refine and strengthen our key national qualification for young people leaving school, and to ensure that NCEA remains relevant in the modern world.

“The Government is committed to delivering a future-focused education system that equips students with skills and knowledge to be globally competitive.

“The introduction of NCEA represented a significant modernisation of the system of secondary school assessment. However, the full potential of NCEA has yet to be fully realised. This review will build on what has been achieved with NCEA to date, and respond to emerging needs and opportunities,” Mr Hipkins said.

“Students and teachers have told us overassessment is a real issue and impacts their wellbeing and workload. This and the importance of teaching life skills in schools, such as resilience, creativity, communication and adaptability, will form part of the review.”

“The review will also look at the role of each level of NCEA, particularly the structure and relevance of NCEA Level 1 and whether all young people should attempt it.”

The Ministry of Education will run the review, starting with range of stakeholders and opening up for all New Zealanders to comment and contribute.

“I will also establish a Ministerial Advisory Group of innovative thinkers, who can challenge traditional thinking on senior secondary education and assessment, to lead the initial phase of the review with a discussion document for public consultation in April 2018.

“I am also keen to hear from young people who are currently working towards an NCEA. I have set up a youth advisory group and will be seeking their insights early on in the process, and I want other students to contribute as well during the wider public consultation phase.”

The Terms of Reference for the review and the Cabinet Paper ‘Reviewing NCEA’ are available at www.education.govt.nz/ncea-review.

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5 Comments

  1. “Students and teachers have told us overassessment is a real issue and impacts their wellbeing and workload. This and the importance of teaching life skills in schools, such as resilience, creativity, communication and adaptability, will form part of the review.”

    Diddums

    How many students did they interview? 1-6 nephews and nieces of friends of the Labour
    Party perhaps!

    This is all about those poor overworked teachers in the Unions. It’s all about those teachers within a state system that allows children to leave, after ostensibly attending for 11 years, unable to read and write!

    But, the failing tail will be “creative and adaptable”.

    Please, they’ll be many, many more times likely to be ready for a life of crime that a cookie cutter system has delivered them. An education that has little relevance to them will now utterly fail to even assess their levels of attainment, will be so singularly obsessed with a sameness that their particular cultures won’t be reflected and as a result even less likely to be prepared to compete in the local market, let alone a global one.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 15, 2017

    I would have thought interviewing employers and past students and their parents might be at least as relevant as current students.

  3. Blazer

     /  December 15, 2017

    National ministers made a mess of the education portfolio.Hipkins is an M.P with big prospects,along with Lees-Galloway,and Twyford.Much smarter,and more invigorated than any on National’s lacklustre…. lineup.

  4. Corky

     /  December 15, 2017

    NCEA is a joke. You have many kids thinking they have it sussed because they have NCEA 2. NCEA 2 is considered the minimum standard for many jobs. Unfortunately as many employers have found out- it’s worthless.

    If you want Internationally accepted education achievement certificates you choose the Cambridge Exams. Of course teacher unions hate those, so it’s mostly elite schools who offer such exams.

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