February 17, 2014
NCEA passes up but gap still wide
A warning from the Salvation Army about letting off the pressure because of a few positive statistics.
Prime Minister John Key invited Education Minister Hekia Parata to yesterday’s post-cabinet press conference to talk up the latest NCEA figures.
They show 58.6 percent Maori students leaving secondary school last year had at least NCEA level 2, just over 14 percent more than five years ago.
In total, 76.8 percent of students left school last year with at least NCEA level 2.
NCEA pass rates featured in the Salvation Army’s latest state of the nation report, and Major Campbell Roberts, the head of its social policy research unit, says there is no room to be complacent.
"The gap is still very large, so yes we’ve got to be thankful the gap is closing, that’s better than it widening or staying as it was, but the realisation has got to be still for New Zealand that this gap is too wide, it’s unacceptably wide," Major Roberts says.
He says where there is little or no progress are indicators for child poverty and family violence.
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