Schools are slowly claiming back University Entrance, after a change in the qualification saw a dramatic fall in pass rates in low-decile areas.
In 2014, pass rates based on participation fell to 61 per cent, down from 70.6 per cent in 2013.
Schools swung into action after the dramatic drop - implementing full revision days before exams, warm-up study exercises and creating personalised learning plans for each student.
And it paid off for some schools that increased pass rates by up to 15 percentage points. Overall last year, the rate increased to 63.7 per cent.
This improvement is really significant as whether a student wants to go to university or otherwise in New Zealand, it keeps the door open for such future study if desired. The upgraded requirements also ensure that less students "drop out" due to not coping or meeting the academic expectations. For me, the most important qualification is still NCEA Level 2 as this is seen by many tertiary institutions such as polytechnics, industry and the business community as the minimum exit qualification for students to achieve. Great results anyhow and a good sign for the future.