September 23, 2021
NCEA credits upped for Auckland students
A south Auckland principal says the Education Ministry seemed to have learned little from last year’s lockdowns.
Maahia Nathan from Te Wharekura o Manurewa says a decision to give Auckland students enhanced NCEA learning recognition credits is a repeat of what happened last year.
While it’s welcome, it doesn’t make up for the disruption caused by the COVID outbreak, especially in low decile schools.
He says some level of in-person learning is essential, especially for year 13 students, and if that can’t happen there needs to be a rapid shift to properly-resourced online learning.
“The feedback I’ve got from my other colleagues in the other kura throughout Tāmaki is they’re still waiting for devices, they’re still waiting for whānau to be connected, some of the hard packs still haven’t arrived so it’s the same old, same old,” Mr Nathan says.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins yesterday confirmed Auckland students will be entitled to 1 credit for every 4 credits they achieve through assessment in the 2021 school year, rather than 1 for 5.