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Education Ministry considers changes to new literacy and numeracy tests to reduce failure rate

The Education Ministry's considering changes to new literacy and numeracy tests like fewer questions, simpler language and letting students use spell-check. Documents obtained by RNZ show the Education Ministry and Qualifications Authority have been at odds about the tests' high failure rates. Read more

Dr Michael Johnston
Newstalk ZB - Heather Du Plessis-Allan Drive
6 March, 2023
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Policy Dominoes

The most effective policy ideas are not always the most glamourous. In education, there are so many problems that, even having decided on a policy programme, the challenges faced by a Minister in getting it implemented are daunting. Read more

Dr Michael Johnston
Insights Newsletter
3 March, 2023

Public service reboot needed

The sacking of Rob Campbell from his role as chair of Te Whatu Ora/Health NZ and the Environmental Protection Authority highlights an urgent need to reform New Zealand’s public service. Campbell’s partisan comments on his LinkedIn profile were inexcusable for someone in his position. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
3 March, 2023
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False claims for net benefits from RMA replacement Bills

Parliament’s Environment Committee is currently considering the Government’s woeful replacement Bills for the Resource Management Act. Eric Crampton and I appeared before the Committee last week to speak to the New Zealand Initiative’s submission on the Natural and Build Environment Bill and the Spatial Planning Bill. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
NZ Herald
22 February, 2023

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