February 20, 2017
Fewer Maori opt for degree study
Maori are 24 percent less likely to participate in bachelors degrees than Pakeha, according to a new study by the Productivity Commission and Auckland University of Technology.
The study used administrative data to track a population of almost 200 000 individuals born between 1990 and 1994, who were enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school as 15 and 16 year olds.
Economics Professor Gail Pacheco, the director of the New Zealand Work Research Institute, says prior school performance is the largest contributing factor to the lower level of degree study, followed by parental education and socio economic status.
The study was part of a larger Productivity Commission inquiry into tertiary education.
Inquiry director Judy Kavanagh says it points to where interventions in the education system are needed.
She says the commission is looking at how new models of tertiary education can cater for diverse population groups with diverse needs and ultimately achieve better results for all students.
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