Fears about plummeting
international fee-paying (IFP) pupil numbers in Otago
secondary schools are abating as the latest Ministry of
Education figures show the numbers are stabilising, and even
making a marginal recovery.
Otago schools appear to be
getting better at recognising potential education-harming
issues and getting help before they require intervention by
the Ministry of Education.
Another secondary school has been opened in Mosgiel after the
Ministry of Education granted provisional registration for
the Amana Christian School to expand its education programme.
Concern is growing among Dunedin secondary school principals
that the increasing amount of extracurricular activity going
on in school time is encroaching on syllabus learning in the
Otago principals appear to hold mixed views about whether the
Education Amendment Act 2012, which came into force on
January 1, will be helpful or more of a hindrance.
Stressed, relieved, delighted, confused, petrified, even a
little green - they were just some of the expressions on
teens' faces yesterday as they went online to check their
Three Otago schools will be among the first 21 schools in New
Zealand to be connected to the new Crown-owned Network for
Learning (N4L) digital hub.
Teenagers often find it difficult to openly express
appreciation for the help they receive from teachers.
The number of Otago secondary schools meeting the national
average pass rates for NCEA level 3 qualifications appears to
be improving, New Zealand Qualifications Authority statistics
A Dunedin secondary school teacher is crediting her pupils
for an international award she won this week.
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