The re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community is unsettling for everyone and is particularly challenging for students/ākonga working towards an NCEA. Well-being remains the top priority for teachers/kaiako, schools and kura, the Ministry of Education and NZQA.
The Ministry and NZQA are providing guidance to schools on developing valid grades from assessments that students have undertaken during the year. This is in case they cannot sit end-of-year NCEA exams because of COVID-19. This is a well-established process and is in addition to changes we have already made, including awarding extra Learning Recognition Credits, amending the thresholds for endorsements, and changing the timing for exams and portfolio submissions.
We will continue to focus on making sure our rangatahi working towards an NCEA are set up to succeed and be ready for next year, whether they are staying at school, continuing to tertiary study or vocational education, or getting a job.
For the parents and whānau of students who are unable to attend school, information and advice on how we are supporting distance learning amid the disruption of COVID-19 is available here on the Learning From Home website.