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Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Ministry of Education is playing its part in protecting the health and well-being of our fellow New Zealanders during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

We have placed on hold most of our sector engagement work through the NCEA Review and, in particular, the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) to support the Government’s efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The pandemic situation remains fluid and we recognise that this may require a review of the NCEA Change Programme’s implementation timelines. However, we are keen to continue engaging with the education sector and have provisionally extended the closing date for the public engagement on the NCEA Level 1 provisional subject list to 20 June 2020, from 20 April originally.

Our staff are working from home and focussed on supporting schools to deliver distance teaching and learning. We recently launched two complementary websites to support learning from home: Learning from home and Ki te Ao Mārama 

Targeted support for students, teachers and schools

We are also working to provide targeted support to students, parents, teachers and schools to ensure quality teaching and learning continue in the event of a prolonged school closure. We recognise that school closures cause significant disruptions for students, families and schools, and seek to minimise these disruptions, if possible.

In line with this, we intend to survey schools to identify regions and schools that need targeted support, and determine what resources schools need to support their senior secondary students, particularly in delivering distance learning.

Mitigating the impact on NCEA

NCEA’s flexibility is one of its key strengths and means we can adapt how we deliver and use NCEA to reflect our current situation.

Together with NZQA, we will be helping schools and wharekura develop plans to ensure learning continues, including supporting distance learning for NCEA assessment and qualifications.

Work is also underway to ensure all qualifications, awards and pathways (including University Entrance and Vocational Pathways) will remain available despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

For students taking part in Trades Academies and Gateway Programmes, further information can be found at https://youthguarantee.education.govt.nz/

NZQA has already provided schools guidance on how to manage disruptions to internal and external assessments due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Further information is available on the NZQA website or through your school's Principal's Nominee. Queries can be emailed to Covid19.enquiries@nzqa.govt.nz

 

This page was last updated on 3 April 2020.