September 16, 2019
Māori medium students shine in NCEA
Latest school leaver attainment data shows a 3.2 percentage improvement at NCEA level 2 for students in Māori medium schools in 2018, putting them ahead of the figure for all school leavers combined.
However, the figure for all Māori school leavers at NCEA level 2 was down by 2.7 percentage points.
There were small declines, around 1 percentage point, across all school leavers in NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3, according to the figures posted to the Education Counts website.
There was also a slight decrease over-all in university entrance award attainment.
Education deputy secretary Craig Jones says over-all attainment remained high despite the small declines, and the buoyant labour market encouraged many students to go straight into employment rather than staying on at school.
He welcomed the increase in attainment in NCEA by Māori-medium ākonga/learners, demonstrating what can be achieved when teachers engage students in their learning by connecting with their identity, language and culture.
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