All the best for students sitting NCEA exams

Christchurch Central Electorate
Friday, November 6, 2015

Over the next four weeks 17,765 Canterbury students will sit end-of-year NCEA exams.

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 Christchurch Central 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.

Over 590,000 teachers and students are connected and by the end of this year we expect around 90 per cent of schools to be connected.

Learning environments are also important. We’ve built 24 new schools over the past six years and this progress shows no sign of slowing. Budget 2015 invests $373.9 million over four years to improve school infrastructure, such as modern classrooms and new schools to meet roll-growth demand.

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

That’s why National set a target of 85 per cent of all 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification in 2017.

Last year 81.9% per cent of Canterbury 18-year-olds held a NCEA Level 2 qualification or above. This is an increase of 6.3 percentage points since 2011.

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 Canterbury students well for their exams.