Passing the hurdle of NCEA’s exam results

TIME TO CELEBRATE: Gisborne Girls’ High School student Paula Jeune was thrilled to pass her NCEA with an excellence endorsement in English. But she was more interested to know that she had achieved University Entrance, meaning she had the required credits to attend The University of Auckland where she is due to start a Bachelor of Science degree in March. Picture by Liam Clayton

ABOUT 140,000 school students received their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) results yesterday and Paula Jeune, dux of Gisborne Girls’ High School, is one of the happy ones.

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has put in place a student advisory board to give feedback on New Zealand’s annual examination ritual, a rite of passage that could look completely different by the end of next year.

The system might be transformed by a review this year that will tackle problems identified in the terms of reference such as “the impact of over-assessment on student wellbeing and teacher workload” and “assessment-driven teaching and learning”.

Paula Jeune said she was happy with her results, which she checked first thing yesterday morning.

She is still waiting for the results of her scholarship exams, which are due out in February.

But the most important thing was seeing she had achieved University Entrance, she told The Herald.

She said she thought NCEA catered for everyone.

“I think there are good options for most students, including those who don’t want to go to university.”

There were lots of courses of study in things like catering and good career pathways attached to them.

“I was endorsed with excellence in English but the main thing was getting University Entrance,” she said.

Paula will leave Gisborne next month to live in the student halls at the University of Auckland and said she thinks NCEA has prepared her for the hard work ahead at university.

She learned how to manage her time well over her high school years and always had help and guidance in terms of coming up with study plans.

She was awarded prizes for biology, chemistry, English, mathematics with calculus and physics at the senior prizegiving.

She was also presented with the Westpac Community Service Trophy for outstanding contribution to the life of the school and excellence as a role model.

ABOUT 140,000 school students received their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) results yesterday and Paula Jeune, dux of Gisborne Girls’ High School, is one of the happy ones.

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins has put in place a student advisory board to give feedback on New Zealand’s annual examination ritual, a rite of passage that could look completely different by the end of next year.

The system might be transformed by a review this year that will tackle problems identified in the terms of reference such as “the impact of over-assessment on student wellbeing and teacher workload” and “assessment-driven teaching and learning”.

Paula Jeune said she was happy with her results, which she checked first thing yesterday morning.

She is still waiting for the results of her scholarship exams, which are due out in February.

But the most important thing was seeing she had achieved University Entrance, she told The Herald.

She said she thought NCEA catered for everyone.

“I think there are good options for most students, including those who don’t want to go to university.”

There were lots of courses of study in things like catering and good career pathways attached to them.

“I was endorsed with excellence in English but the main thing was getting University Entrance,” she said.

Paula will leave Gisborne next month to live in the student halls at the University of Auckland and said she thinks NCEA has prepared her for the hard work ahead at university.

She learned how to manage her time well over her high school years and always had help and guidance in terms of coming up with study plans.

She was awarded prizes for biology, chemistry, English, mathematics with calculus and physics at the senior prizegiving.

She was also presented with the Westpac Community Service Trophy for outstanding contribution to the life of the school and excellence as a role model.

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