463Maharey Finally Admits NCEA Mistakes
- May 29, 2007PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maharey Finally Admits NCEA Mistakes
"I congratulate Steve Maharey on recognising his mistakes and learning
from them," said Libertarianz Education Spokesman Phil Howison in
response to improvements to the NCEA which were announced yesterday.
Welcome improvements include recognising achievement at Merit and
Excellence levels on certificates, reporting "Not Achieved" grades for
internal assessment, and increased moderation. Howison describes the
changes as "minor" but "a step in the right direction - improving
transparency, maintaining standards and recognising achievement."
However, Mr. Howison pointed out that the ongoing NCEA controversy is
a prime example of why choice is needed in education. "Parents should
be free to choose qualifications for their children, rather suffering
the unilateral imposition of a flawed system. The 'improved' system
remains little more than enforced mediocrity, but if different
qualifications were able to compete, transparency, standards and
achievement would all improve."
Libertarianz would return schools to parents and get rid of the
one-size-fits-all state system to allow free choice of schools and
qualification systems. "The separation of school and state will
result in freedom of choice, meaning that parents and students could
take responsibility for education and choose the right kind of
education to best serve their needs," explained Howison.
"Take back your child's education - get the government out of schools now!"
For more information contact:
Libertarianz Spokesman for the Deregulation of Education
Phone 027 437 0308
Libertarianz: More Freedom - Less Government