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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
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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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NZ Initiative Executive Director addresses the 'disastrous' state of current NZ education system

NZ Initiative Executive Director Oliver Hartwich recently wrote an opinion piece in the New Zealand Herald describing the current education system as a 'disaster'. The piece called for better educational training and more defined career structure for teachers in order to improve our nation's educational rankings in reading and mathematics. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Newstalk ZB - Heather Du Plessis-Allan Drive
9 November, 2022
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Why won’t NZ defend academics’ right to freedom of speech?

Almost 30 years after leaving Quebec, and just short of ten years after moving to New Zealand, it’s not often that I get the chance to link the two. Recently, though, the government of my former home province passed an academic freedom bill that shows exactly what Wellington should be doing but isn’t – at least not yet. Read more

Dr James Kierstead
The Australian
12 October, 2022

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