Story: Primary and secondary education

Comparing qualifications

Comparing qualifications

After the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) was introduced, some secondary schools criticised it for what they described as 'soft options', and instead coached students for the University of Cambridge International Exams. This cartoon suggests that the choice between the two examinations was stark, an opinion not shared by many teachers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0016923
Cartoon by Bob Brockie

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Primary and secondary education - Standards and examinations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012