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Over 1600 Pasifika students, parents and family members signed up to a new programme to boost the number of Pasifika students achieving NCEA.
“Pasifika Power Up for NCEA” is connecting Pacific parents, families and communities with their children’s learning.
There are eight Power Stations established in churches, community centres and schools - positive places for students and their families to learn how best to plan, prepare and study for NCEA.
The programme started with an eight week study course specifically for young people, together with their parents and families. The vision was that by the end of the course, everyone in the family would feel much more confident and able to support their young people as NCEA exams begin. Key to the success of the programme is putting together a whole family education plan.
Gaining NCEA qualifications is an important step in providing greater choice and opportunities for students.
The Government is committed to reaching the Better Public Services goal of 85% of 18-year olds achieving NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification by 2017.
2012 NCEA Level 2 achievement results for Pasifika students show a move in the right direction, with more than an 8 per cent increase over three years (64.8% achieving NCEA Level 2 in 2012 compared with 56.5% in 2009).
“Pasifika Power Up for NCEA” is a joint initiative between the Ministries of Education and Pacific Island Affairs. It is part of the implementation of the Government’s Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017.
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Chief Executive Pauline Winter said staff from both agencies turned out night after night to help deliver the initial eight-week programme.
“It was really inspiring on the final night, to hear parents and families talking about their new knowledge and understanding of education, and their desire to use this to advance education for their own children and others,” Ms Winter said.
This initiative recognises that New Zealand’s Pacific population is young and fast growing and these students have an important role to play in our nations’ future prosperity. Power Up will help ensure that they have the skills and qualifications they need to contribute.
Read the Celebrating Success story Programme to increase Pasifika students NCEA achievement praised