Several Otago bus companies gave a cheer yesterday as Education Minister Anne Tolley requested the Auditor-general initiate an inquiry into the Ministry of Education school bus transport tendering process.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has tried to come to the rescue of 75 Taieri College pupils affected by the NCEA level 1 mathematics exam blunder but parents and pupils are not convinced its intervention is a solution.
Otago Girls High School pupils (from left) Sarah Walker (16), Melinda Yee (15) and Aki Nagao (16)leap out of the school gates in celebration following their NCEA dance theory exam yesterday, their last NCEA exam for 2008. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery. "Yay! It's holiday time now." Otago Girls High School pupil Sarah Walker was jumping with excitement yesterday, with fellow dance pupils, after her final NCEA exam - level 1 dance theory. She was one of 6335 Otago pupils who sat NCEA exams this year and for many, yesterday was the last day.
Otago's primary and secondary schools have scored a near-perfect zero in the number of supplementary reviews completed by the Education Review Office in the past year.
Looking picture perfect and keeping your composure while being blasted by chilly gales is challenging.
The death of a Queenstown woman while windsurfing on Lake Wakatipu this year was a "tragic accident", Otago Southland Regional coroner David Crerar has found.
Taieri College pupils are outraged they will have to sit another exam after the school ordered the wrong papers for two NCEA level 1 maths exams.
Brent Ward has said goodbye on the last day of school many times in his 32-year care as an educator.
Gary Tenbeth had to chuckle at the irony when he won an $8000 scholarship to study mental development techniques - a scholarship for which he forgot he had applied.
The future of scientific discovery in New Zealand may be in jeopardy, with the number of pupils taking senior secondary school science subjects having decreased as much as 50% in the past 20 years, Otago secondary school science teachers say.
To some, it is just a lift.
Catherine Robson is snapping at the chance to learn from some of the world's greatest photographers after winning a $20,000 study scholarship.
"Explain why unicellular organisms such as Euglena and Paramecium are restricted to being microscopic in size."
A 61-year-old man died in Invercargill yesterday after a collision involving a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Dunedin's grip on the title of New Zealand's fifth largest city has come into question as the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand suggest Tauranga may have eclipsed the city.
Despite having two older brothers on the Kings High School honours board as duxes, Bede Robertson says he did not feel the least bit pressured to live up to family tradition this year.
Less than 24 hours away from the beginning of the 2008 New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA exam season, 6335 Otago pupils are doing last-minute cramming.
Judgment was for the Dunedin Community Law Centre in the battle for top honours at the 2008 New Zealand Law Awards.
"You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can't take the classroom out of the teacher."
Spending about 15 hours a week hooked up to a dialysis machine, wondering if the next phone call will be the one offering a kidney transplant, is a testing life.