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Morgan's education policy `sensible': PPTA

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/02/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">A teacher union says Gareth Morgan's Opportunities Party's policy to delay NCEA until the last year of school is "an interesting policy".&nbsp;</span> © Getty A teacher union says Gareth Morgan's Opportunities Party's policy to delay NCEA until the last year of school is "an interesting policy".  A teacher union says students are being over-assessed and believes Gareth Morgan's Opportunities Party's policy to delay NCEA needs serious consideration.

The party released its education policy on Sunday.

It wants an end to schools being compared on assessment results or deciles, believes children should attend their local schools and that NCEA should be delayed until the final year of high school.

At that point, students should have the choice of sitting NCEA level one, two or three.

Post-Primary Teachers' Association president Jack Boyle says the policy is "a sensible and thoughtful approach" which should be widely discussed.

"We're over-assessing our young people and have been for a long time," he said on Monday.

"Students deserve a quality education and that's becoming harder and harder to achieve because teachers are spending too much time doing needless marking and assessing."

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