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National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says children are missing out on vital class time every time New Zealand goes into lockdown.
“With our educational achievement falling off the pace internationally already, we should be doing everything we can to avoid further lockdowns.”
An assessment made by NZQA’s University Entrance pass for 2020 would have ‘fallen off’ without free credits. It showed a considerable impact from commencing lockdowns.
NZQA’s CE Grant Clinkim had been answering questions from this morning’s annual review before the Education select committee. Around fifty percent of year 13 students achieved University Entrance within an average year.
“Handing out extra credit was the right thing to do at the time in recognising the pressures students faced in an unprecedented situation,” said Mr Goldsmith.
“But we should not kid ourselves that there wasn’t a huge impact on learning. Students, teachers, schools and parents worked hard through 2020 to make the best of a difficult situation, and in Auckland, they’re doing it again now.”
Mr Goldsmith says shutting schools and disrupting learning should only be a very last resort.
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