Every Minister would like to leave a positive legacy and Education minister Hekia Parata is no exception. In her opinion piece on education, she reflects on…
…the outstanding progress being made by Maori children and young people…
In particular, Maori students have made huge strides since this Government came to office.
In 2008, less than half of all Maori teenagers were leaving our education system with NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. Out of about 13,000 Maori students who turned 18 in 2008, just 6003 achieved the minimum qualification necessary for further education or training.
Seven years later 9476 of Maori who turned 18 achieved that vital level of qualification.
To make the results look as good as possible Parata skillfully mixes statistics. She starts by talking about school leaver statistics and states with some accuracy that there has been an improvement in credentials and that Maori results have improved 2009 – 2015 which is great news.
However despite starting her opinion piece talking about school leavers she changes her choice of statistics to those of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 ( 71%) as they are a bit higher than school leavers.