New Zealand has been placed towards the bottom of the heap in a new UNICEF report on educational attainment based on results from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Since 2000, the OECD has been evaluating the knowledge and skills of the world’s 15-year-olds through its PISA test. More than 510,000 students in 65 economies took part in the latest test, which covered maths, reading and science, with the main focus on maths. PISA results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems can do.
Here’s the link to the report’s key findings http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/PISA-2012-results-snapshot-Volume-I-ENG.pdf. If you want to give your kids a quality education in English send them to Ireland. not only does Ireland have higher levels of attainment but it is also a lot safer for children than New Zealand with its twin cultures of brutality and violence.
Recently the UNICEF report, Fairness for Children compiled league tables of gaps in income, education, health and quality of life in the OECD. New Zealand was placed 35 out of 41 countries.
New Zealand’s home spun education system is often touted to the lucrative billion dollar international student market as “world class”. However, many immigrant families from first world countries say it is over sold and under-delivered and their kids stand still for a couple of years after they emigrate to New Zealand. Read Stories about Education: “Students Get NCEA Without Learning Anything” .
How New Zealand fared in the Fairness for Children report
Inequality in income – 17th
Inequality in education – 31st
Health – New Zealand wouldn’t supply data
Life Satisfaction – New Zealand wouldn’t supply data
You can read the report here
UNICEF press release
New Zealand is only included in the league tables on income and educational achievement, due to a lack of data that can be compared with other OECD countries. New Zealand is ranked 17th for inequality in income – with children in the bottom 10 percent (10th percentile) having incomes 46 percent lower than the average child. The tables show that income inequality in New Zealand is largely stagnant, with a small drop in the relative income gap of -1.1% from 2008-2013.
In education inequalities, the tables place New Zealand in 35th place with a drop in educational attainment for children at the bottom, in the period 2006-2012, as measured by Programme of International Students’ Assessment (PISA) results.
Innocenti’s Report Card 13 proposes the following key areas for government action to strengthen child well-being:
• Protect the incomes of households with the poorest children.
• Improve the educational achievements of disadvantaged learners.
• Promote and support healthy lifestyles for all children.
• Take subjective well-being seriously.
• Place equity at the heart of child well-being agendas.
The overall message of the Report Card is that, in order to improve the well-being of all children, it is vital that greater progress is made in reducing child well-being gaps. A fair society is impossible if some children are denied a strong start in life. Addressing inequalities in child well-being should be a central aspect of all policies relevant to children and child well-being.
“The Report Card provides a clear reminder that the well-being of children in any country is not an inevitable outcome of individual circumstances or of the level of economic development but is shaped by policy choices,” said Dr. Sarah Cook, Director of the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti. “As our understanding of the long term impact of inequality grows, it becomes increasingly clear that governments must place priority on enhancing the well-being of all children today, and give them the opportunity to achieve their potential.” read on
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Information obtained by the New Zealand Listener under the Official Information Act has revealed that the NCEA is churning out students with low levels of education who are poorly prepared for the intellectual rigors of tertiary education and have a poor work ethic.
Furthermore, on Thursday Education Minister Hekia Parata warned the country to prepare for an embarrassing drop in its education rankings in next week’s OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
PISA results rate the performance of 15 year olds every three years in maths, science and reading.
Here’s a snippet of what The Listener published under the heading
NCEA slammed -Universities are saying that our secondary school qualification is causing serious problems.
A confidential Tertiary Education Commission report reveals profound and widespread concerns about the way NCEA prepares students for further study. It paints a picture of substandard mathematics and science education, NCEA students coming unstuck in their first year at university and tertiary providers scrambling to come up with their own diagnostic tests and remedial courses.
The document is a summary of formal reports from 15 tertiary institutions – universities and polytechnics – that offer engineering courses. The institutions are not named. One told the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC): “An extremely significant concern is the poor preparation of the bulk of our student cohort following NCEA study.”
The report, drawn up as part of the Government’s plan to boost the numbers of engineering graduates, was presented at a high-level TEC meeting on September 2. The Listener was leaked a key page and obtained the full document under the Official Information Act.
The problems the report flags with NCEA fall into three main categories:
• students getting confused or being given poor advice on subject choice;
• those who do the right subjects still being unprepared for tertiary level study; and
• the system not creating a good work ethic.” source
The Listener went on to reveal
“First-year engineering students were not “well grounded in mathematics” and even moderately achieving high school pupils struggled to connect what they had learned at NCEA level with the demands of tertiary study.
Engineering and science are regarded as important subjects in improving New Zealand’s knowledge base and economic growth, and have been earmarked as a priority by the Government…”
It sounds like the tertiary institutions have a struggle on their hands when the majority of their intake has problems with the basics of math and has a poor work ethic. This is bound to put pressure on them to lower their standards and could be the reason why New Zealand slips further down the international university league table every year.
Considering taking your kids to New Zealand because of its world class education system? Think again, find somewhere that does things properly. Your kids only get one chance at school, don’t blow it.
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