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NZQA admits blunder
Almost 2000 teenage dropouts who
thought they flunked a key school
qualification actually passed, but were
not told because of a New Zealand
Qualifications Authority blunder.
The NZQA is tracking down the
affected students, with chief executive
Karen Poutasi acknowledging the NCEA
qualifications the teens passed were
important for beefing up their CVs for
a tough job market.
''Particularly for those people aged
under 20, NCEA Level 2 is an important
qualification and has become regarded
as a necessary requirement for entry
into tertiary education as well as the
entry level for many jobs,'' she said.
The Education Ministry found 1750
18-year-olds had earned partial credits
through school and a vocational or
tertiary programme, but NZQA had not
added the results together.
The number of students affected
could increase, as the 1750 known
cases are from 2011, and the oversight
probably occured in other years.
''NZQA is working to ensure that all
those who have successfully gained the
qualification are aware of their
achievement,'' Ms Poutasi said.
Training available here
Other side of the desk: Hastings Boys High School year 13 students Atarau Hamilton, left, and Zane Walker
signed up for EIT's new teaching diploma.
School-leavers keen on a career in teaching will no
longer have to leave Hawke's Bay to train.
The Eastern Institute of Technology is launching a
bachelor of teaching -- making it the first technology
institute in New Zealand to offer the undergraduate
The practice-based course, driven by a group of
local teachers, differs from standard teacher training
in that all students will be linked with a school.
Each week, 30 students enrolled in the fulltime
three-year programme will spend two days at
designated Hawke's Bay schools and two days at EIT.
Currently students in Hawke's Bay can study to be
a teacher only extramurally.
The new programme means Hastings Boys High
student Zane Walker can live at home and study in a
He found the prospect of moving away to study a
little daunting and said family support would be
important while he was working for the qualification.
The 18-year-old believed he would be a good
teacher because he often helped his niece with her
homework and would sometimes put on an accent to
keep her interested in the work.
Schoolmate Atarau Hamilton, 17, said he was also
considering taking the course. He said living at home
would help to keep his student loan costs down.
Napier Girls High year 13 student Rebecca Dewar
had considered sitting the qualification by
correspondence with Massey University but preferred
the idea of ''hands-on'' learning and gaining the
benefits of learning in a classroom.
Taradale Intermediate School principal Dennis
Coxon said linking trainee teachers with host schools
for a full year would help produce quality new
teachers for the profession.
Te Mata School, Havelock North Primary School,
Frimley School, Arthur Miller School, Taradale
Intermediate School and Tamatea Intermediate
School have made a financial commitment in
partnering with EIT.
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