All the best for Selwyn students sitting NCEA exams

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Over the next few weeks 17,765 students across Canterbury 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 want every Selwyn teen to leave school with the skills they need to reach their potential.

I’m confident our students are capable, and well prepared by our world-class education system.

Through the efforts of our hard-working teachers and our effective educational policies, 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. So far we have 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.

The Government’s managed network for digital learning is giving students access to fast, reliable internet with uncapped data, web filtering, and network security services. Over 590,000 teachers and students are connected to the network and by the end of this year we expect around 90 per cent of schools to be connected.

Learning environments are also important. Several new schools are currently planned or under construction in Selwyn. Meanwhile, many other local schools have benefited from the Government’s multi-million dollar investment in improved infrastructure, through modern classrooms to meet roll-growth demand. Just last Friday I was at Darfield Primary School to celebrate the opening of the school’s recently refurbished senior classroom block.

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 the Government set an ambitious 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 18-year-olds in Canterbury held a NCEA Level 2 qualification or above. This is an increase of 6.3 percentage points since 2011.

These results mean thousands more New Zealand students are leaving school every year equipped with the skills they need to undertake further education or training.

Our 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 and I would like to wish all our Selwyn students the very best of luck for their exams.