February 18, 2014
Targeting improves NCEA path
Education Minister Hekia Parata says a range of initiatives are behind a steady increase in NCEA pass rates, but more needs to be done to sustain the momentum.
Latest figures show 4 percent more Maori secondary school students obtained their level two National Certificate of Educational Achievement last year, which means an increase of 14 percent over five years ago.
Ms Parata says schools are now explaining to students and whanau the pathways they should take to get the subject passes needed for their choice of trade or career.
"It’s happened because schools have focused on where specific students are in their education, what kind of support and help they need to be successful. It happened because we are publishing data now, and whole communities, iwi, can see just where kids are in their community and what sort of support schools need and it’s happened because we can target resources more precisely now than we ever could," she says.
NCEA level 2 pass rates for Maori are still running about 20 percent below the overall rate.
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