The recently announced reforms of NCEA provide a practical pathway to creating a New Zealand qualification that will be simpler to administer, reduce workload for students and teachers, create greater consistency and be more academically robust.

It is a victory for education and common sense.

The more stringent requirements for literacy and numeracy is a reflection that in New Zealand achievement rates have been declining for some time including by all international benchmarks, requiring intermediate and secondary schools to get literacy and numeracy levels right by the time the time students enter NCEA is a necessary step.


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