The future of NCEA - join the conversation

Education should give every New Zealander the freedom and opportunity to be the best they can be.

The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) were introduced into secondary schools over 15 years ago, and are a widely respected qualification both in New Zealand and internationally.

This year, as part of the Education Conversation or Kōrero Mātauranga, New Zealanders have a powerful opportunity to explore ways to strengthen NCEA.

Earlier this year, the Minister of Education chose a group of independent and innovative leaders from a range of backgrounds to develop 6 ‘Big Opportunities’ for how NCEA could be improved.

These ideas are intended to provoke, inspire, and encourage healthy conversations about the future of NCEA.

Over the next few months the Government want to hear from you.

They want anyone to have their say on how they experienced NCEA, and how it could be an even better qualification:

  • What do you like about it and what do you dislike?
  • What do you think about the 6 Big Opportunities?

It’s really important that the thoughts and ideas of everyone are captured - parents, students, teachers, whānau, iwi, employers, youth groups, tertiary educators, community groups, and organisations.

Everybody can have their say through a quick online survey.

Those who want to make a more detailed contribution can participate in workshops, focus groups, hui, fono, or complete a longer survey or make a written submission.

There’s also a student voice NCEA 'Make your Mark' competition for kids aged between 5-20 years old. There are over $35,000 in prizes or grants up for grabs.

Jump onto social media too, and start talking online – use the hashtags #NCEAReview, #NCEAHaveYourSay, #EdConvo18.

You can find out more about the big opportunities, and where, when, and how to get involved, and fill in the surveys at the Education Conversation website.

NCEA Have your say — Education Conversation website(external link)


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