Paanui – Changes to NCEA

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3 June, 2020

Teenaa koutou e te whaanau,


E mihi ana i taa koutou kaha tautoko mai i te kaupapa nei e hoa maa. Miiharo pai au ki ngaa aahuatanga kua kitea e au i roto i ngaa aakonga i taa raatou hokinga mai ki te kura. Ko ngaa koorero i puta i a NZQA e whai ake nei e hoa maa. E haangai ana ki ngaa tuaakana, araa, ki ngaa aakonga e whai i te Tiwhikete o te Maatauranga o te Motu, araa, te NCEA. Teenaa, paanuitia kia maarama kehokeho koe, koutou raini, he aha te aha. Mehemea he paatai aau, iimera atu ki te kaiaarahi i taau tamaiti, aau tamariki raini. Hakoa eenei whakaritenga e hoa maa, kia maumahara – kia rua ngaa tau e waatea ana ki te hunga e whai nei i te Taumata 1 me te Taumata 2 – ehara i te mea me whakaoti te aakonga i te Taumata 1 i mua i tana ekenga ki te Taumata 2/Tau 12. E peeraa anoo moo te hunga e whai nei i te Taumata 2 – ehara i te mea me whakaoti teenei hei Tau 13.

Thanks for all of your support at this time e hoa maa. It has been awesome to see the positive energy and attitude that our aakonga have brought with them since we returned to kura. Below are some koorero that were sent out to kura by NZQA today. Please read this to gain an understanding of some of the changes made to recognise the disruption caused by the lockdown / Covid-19. If you have any questions please contact your child’s/children’s kaiaarahi. Regardless of these koorero, if your child is studying towards Level 1 or Level 2, remember that this should be seen as a two year process – there is no requirement for students to ‘achieve’ one level before moving onto another.


Anei ngaa pito koorero i a NZQA:

  • Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA either through internal or external assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.
  • Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a course endorsement.
  • Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.
  • External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take place from 16 November 2020 to 6 December 2020. This will provide extra time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term
  • The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio (for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12 November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.

Encourage your tamaiti/tamariki to speak with their kaiako/kaiaarahi if they have questions. Some aakonga have been quite anxious but when we have looked closely at their progress they have had very little to be concerned about.

For further information download this brochure or contact us directly.


Ngā manaakitanga e te iwi,

Duane Allen, Tumuaki