Education in New Zealand

EducationPublic spending on education in New Zealand is 7.4% of GDP. The adult literacy rate includes 99% of the population (source: CIA World Factbook).

In 2002 New Zealand embarked on an ambitious project to replace exam-based assessment with a system of continuous assessment of competencies based on standards and credits. In simple terms the students receive credits when they can demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the various building blocks of education, such as long division for instance, rather than merely being measured on whether they got an individual answer correct in a final examination. All of the students’ achievements are recorded on a final result certificate called the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

The new system required some adjustment over the past decade, as a result of a number of reviews, but has resulted with more students leaving school with meaningful qualifications. NCEA is now accepted by the majority of employers and institutes of higher education, both in New Zealand and worldwide.


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