June 26, 2014
Maori marks win prize for Kerikeri High
A Northland school which has lifted its NCEA pass rate for Maori pupils from 28.6 percent to 82.4 percent over the past eight years has been recognised in the first Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards.
Kerikeri High School won an Excellence in Teaching and Learning award.
Board chair Rick Palmer says the achievement demonstrates that what is good for Maori is good for all, as the school's overall pass rates also rose significantly.
Retention rates have risen, and Kerikeri’s Maori school leavers now perform 17 per cent above the national average academically.
The supreme award went to Tauranga’s Otumoetai Intermediate.
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