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NCEA achievement rates rise

Published: 6:51PM Monday February 17, 2014 Source: ONE News

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More students are leaving secondary school having at least gained NCEA Level 2, according to new Government figures.

The latest figures show nearly 77% of school leavers achieved the qualification last year - up from just over 74% the year before and 66.5% in 2008.

The biggest gains are amongst Pasifika students with 71.8% of students leaving with at least NCEA Level 2, up from 55.8% in 2008.

Nearly 59% of Maori students left school with at least NCEA level 2 last year - up from 44.4% in 2008.

"That's almost 1,000 more Maori and Pasifika students who now have better choices," Minister of Education Hekia Parata says.

Mrs Parata says the Government wants to see 85% of all 18-year-olds achieve NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification in the next three years.