“When private entities and corporations are invited into the education sector they do what they are built to do; make profits for themselves. Privately owned online schools are akin to invasive species. They are introduced into a new setting where they thrive because they have no predators and no checks and balances," He says. . . . more
Maths and education researchers are blaming ability grouping - seating children together based on their academic ability - for New Zealand's poor performance in an international maths test. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced a $440,000 funding package to promote international education and primary sector skill development in Southland. . . . more
There has been a growing educational focus in recent years on the critical relationship between STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and educational outcomes for secondary students.
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The Talk With Me platform helps children learn cooperative skills through turn-taking conversations based on visual symbols, text and sound. It allows children to follow fundamental rules of social interaction and communicate with each other. . . . more
The New Zealand economy has added 35,000 more jobs in the last quarter alone,” says Mr Joyce. “We now have the second highest employment rate in the entire OECD. This gives us a great platform to work with employers and other stakeholders to lift employment for people of all ages to levels we haven’t seen before.” . . . more
A delegation of representatives from OECD countries including Ireland, Greece, Japan, Turkey and Mexico are holding their annual meeting in New Zealand this year, to share information on effective learning environments. . . . more
Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has intervened in the debate about foreign students, warning Kiwis about showing "casual racism" towards them.
Dame Susan told Newshub she is concerned about the way some Kiwis are blaming the 125,000 students here for taking low-paid jobs off New Zealand's young people. . . . more
New Zealanders have scored highly in an international survey on financial knowledge, behaviours and attitudes.
The results were released on Wednesday at the Global Symposium on Financial Education in Auckland.
While the French scored highest for overall financial literacy (scoring 14.9 out of 21, compared to the OECD average of 13.7), New Zealanders placed at fifth equal with a score of 14 . . . more
The launch of two new fee-free qualifications in adult education by Open Polytechnic, New Zealand’s leading provider of online and distance learning, are aimed at helping educators lift the skills levels of adults in the workplaces and communities they teach in. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed figures that show the impact of New Zealand’s academic research has been rising when compared with the rest of the world. . . . more
Eight New Zealand universities made the list and five of the universities went up the table in this year's prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings, while the other three held their positions from last year. All eight now sit among the top 600 in the world. . . . more
DualPathways students will be enrolled part-time in secondary school at Year 12 or 13 and part-time in either tertiary education or industry training. The programme will come into effect next year and replaces a small scale Secondary-Tertiary pilot that finishes in December this year. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata have today welcomed a report which shows the performance of New Zealand’s education sector, at all levels, compares well with those of other developed countries. . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata visited Carmel College in Auckland today to announce funding for new or expanded Asian language programmes at 63 schools across the country.
“Languages are an important tool for our young people to have as they venture out into the world,” says Ms Parata. . . . more
A report released today - Profile & Trends 2015: Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions, showed that last year there were 138,000 tertiary qualifications completed by New Zealanders and 22,500 qualifications by international students at tertiary providers across the country. . . . more
“The Education (Update) Amendment Bill is about enabling schools to provide a flexible 21st century education focussed on the achievement of every young New Zealander, says Ms Parata . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today officially launched the Education Review Office’s new school evaluation indicators which identify effective practices to achieve equity and excellence for all children. . . . more
We want to make the process of applying for Education New Zealand (ENZ) scholarships that little bit easier. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed a report which shows the revenue from New Zealand’s education services delivered offshore rose to $171 million last year, an increase from an estimated $104 million in 2012. . . . more