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Monday, October 25, 2010

NZQA review of University Entrance qualifications

Dear NZ home educators,

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is currently undertaking a review of University Entrance requirements. This will affect you if anyone in your family is intending to undertake university study in the future. The consultation process began on Monday of this week and will close on December 6th of this year (2010). NZQA intends to finalise its decision by the end of 2010 so that students going into year 11 in 2011 can make the correct high school study choices now, so they can enter University in 2014 (the year that these changes are to be implemented).

NCHENZ strongly recommends that all home educators look at this consultation package and consider making a submission. This will possibly be the only chance we have to participate in this decision.

See the NZQA site for more information and to participate in this consultation.

At this stage it appears that the NZQA review is confined to the NCEA University Entrance requirements. Individual Universities each have their own additional and alternative criteria, including International Baccalaureate, Cambridge exams, Special Entry, Discretionary Entrance etc. As far as we can ascertain, the NZQA review does not touch on these entrance paths to University, but is focused on the 'National Certificate of Educational Achievement' (NCEA). It should also be noted that some Universities have already restricted their entry criteria, such that NCEA University Entrance is not necessarily sufficient for automatic entrance.

Once you have given your feedback, please contact us at NCHENZ and let us know your thinking on the matter - if it becomes apparent that most of us are thinking the same things then we will prepare a submission as an organisation. We will need to make a decision on this mid-November to give us time to prepare a submission and consult with our members.

Stacey Wilson
on behalf of NCHENZ Committee

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