$27 MILLION INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION INITIATIVES AIMED AT PRIORITY CHILDREN
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced the Government is investing $27 million in education initiatives targeted at priority children.
Ms Parata says the initiatives are targeted at children who are falling behind for a range of reasons.
“We know where these children are thanks to much stronger data, including National Standards data. We know our education system performs for a majority of students but it is not as successful for others and we need to continue to take action. These 11 initiatives are focused on giving these children the great education they deserve.
“Ensuring each and every child gets a good education is the single most important thing our Government can do to raise living standards and create a more productive and competitive economy.’’
The new or expanded initiatives include:
- $5 million over three years to scale up Building on Success which is designed to increase the capability of secondary and area schools to improve outcomes for Māori students.
- $8 million over four years to implement both Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success 2013-17 and the Pasifika Education Plan.
- $3 million over the next two years to support children in the first year of school to develop literacy and numeracy skills.
- $3.15 million over the next two years to work with over 100 schools to increase NCEA Level 2 achievement and help students transition to tertiary study, training or employment, including through Starpath.
- $1.75 million over four years support teen parents in main stream schools
“The Government is determined to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to ensure every single child crosses the line and achieves their education potential.
“To achieve this we have introduced Better Public Service Targets at early childhood and secondary level. We have also introduced National Standards at Primary and intermediate School level so we can see how kids are doing and identify those who are falling behind early.
“We now have a good set of data across our whole education system which has allowed to see where we can better target our resources.’’
Ms Parata says there is already success in many areas of education through greater investment and targeting and the Government is building on this.
“For example, we’re seeing some great results in NCEA. Last year 77.2 per cent of 18-year-olds achieved NCEA Level 2, which was up nearly three per cent on 2011.
“So we know targeted work and initiatives are delivering results.”