All the best for students sitting NCEA exams

Invercargill news
Monday, November 9, 2015

Over the next four weeks 2,900 Southland students will sit end-of-year NCEA exams.

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie says our local students have worked hard to prepare for these exams and I congratulate them for their hard work so far.

“I’m confident our students are capable, and well prepared by our world-class education system.”

“I want every Southland teen to leave school with the skills they need to reach their potential. Under National, school achievement has gone from strength to strength.”

We’re learning to work better across agencies and to make better use of data to target resources. We’ve so far established 42 Communities of Learning across the country. This means students will benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise, with schools working alongside each other on shared goals.

We introduced a managed network for digital learning so students get fast, reliable internet with uncapped data, web filtering, and network security services. An example of this is the students at Halfmoon Bay School on Stewart Island. It is evident isolation isn’t a barrier to quality education as the students learn music via Skype with a music teacher in KaikĊura.

We know the higher the achievement at school, the better the opportunities for further education, employment, higher wages, and a better standard of living.

Last year 80.6 per cent of Southland 18-year-olds held a NCEA Level 2 qualification or above. This is an increase of 7.7 percentage points since 2011, Sarah Dowie says.

The progress made towards our target highlights the benefits of the Government setting itself ambitious goals.

These results mean thousands more Kiwi students are leaving school every year equipped with the skills they need to undertake further education or training.

Teachers and principals do a fantastic job and I thank them for their dedication.

I have no doubt the hard work of teachers, parents, and students will be reflected in this year’s NCEA results. I wish all our Southland students well for their exams.