Attending a Ministry of Education workshop in Dunedin
yesterday are (from left) Otago Secondary Principals'
Association president Rick Geerlofs, Queen's High School
principal Julie Anderson and Dunedin Secondary Schools
Partnership director Gordon Wilson. Photo by Linda
Raising the educational performance of Otago's youth and
ensuring school-leavers find work were among the issues
discussed at a Ministry of Education workshop held in Dunedin
Principals from schools around Otago and others from the
education sector were among about 80 people who attended the
Accelerating Educational Achievement Workshop. Ministry of
Education deputy secretary for priority education assignments
Apryll Parata said the workshop involved talking about the
best ways of moving Otago's school pupils on to further
education or work.
Although Otago's overall educational achievement levels were
improving, Ms Parata said more work needed to be done,
especially with Maori and Pasifika learners.
''In 2012, 83% of Otago 18-year-olds passed NCEA level 2, or
an equivalent qualification, and Maori achievement rose
almost 8% on from 2011.
''However, only 68% of Otago Maori 18-year-olds, and 73% of
local Pasifika, achieved an NCEA level 2, or equivalent, in
the same year.''
Achieving level 2 was important because it was the first step
towards further study or employment.
By 2017 the Government aimed to have 85% of 18-year-olds -
from all ethnic backgrounds - leaving secondary school with
an NCEA level 2 or higher qualification.
Otago Secondary Principals' Association president Rick
Geerlofs said the workshop was about looking at ways schools
could ensure school-leavers had a ''good foundation for later
Ministry strategy and operations manager Tony Turnock said
the workshop had been a success. He said the ministry had
shared regional educational performance data and discussed
the Government's Youth Guarantee scheme.