Education

Teaching degree concerns

Teaching degree concerns

Government plans to raise graduating teachers to master's degree level have concerned an education specialist, who says it could bar fantastic would-be teachers from the profession.

Key's education initiative 'a winner'

Key's education initiative 'a winner'

An education leadership specialist at the University of Otago has labelled the Government's latest pupil achievement improvement initiative, ''a winner''.

ERO calls for review of guidance

The Education Review Office has recommended the Ministry of Education review its formula for guidance counselling funding in schools after it found some schools were not able to account for how they were spending the money.

Manager costs 'through roof'

Manager costs 'through roof'

Otago principals are calling for the Ministry of Education to review the system for paying limited statutory managers (LSM) following claims some are charging ''exorbitant'' amounts of money which could be better spent on pupil education.

Poor communication skills attributed to gap in speech education

Otago pupils are lacking in communication skills because schools are struggling to teach speech to a necessary standard, New Zealand's Speech Communications Association (SCA) believes.

Failing schools face Govt takeover

Schools where children are failing exams could be taken over by the Government as the Education Minister warns staff need to be held accountable for students' performance.

More pupils displaying violent behaviour

More pupils displaying violent behaviour

While the number of disciplinary measures handed out to wayward pupils continues to fall in Otago schools, the number of primary school pupils displaying violent behaviour is growing.

Pupils among highest in NCEA level 2 stakes

Pupils among highest in NCEA level 2 stakes

The final analysis of the Ministry of Education's 2012 NCEA data shows the percentage of Otago pupils leaving school with an NCEA level 2 qualification remains among the highest in the country - and the rates are continuing to increase.

Older tablets put to use in schools

Older tablets put to use in schools

An old iPad could become an important learning tool for a Dunedin child.

School search and seizures power welcome

School search and seizures power welcome

New Government legislation allowing schools to search pupils' bags and seize property has been met with mixed reactions from Otago principals.

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