More students achieving in the Bay

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Local MP Todd Muller says that the news that more of our kids in the Bay of Plenty are attending ECE and gaining NCEA Level 2 is something parents will be very happy to hear. 

“98.5 per cent of children in the Bay are attending ECE. This percentage exceeds the Government target and is fantastic to see,” said Mr Muller.

“We know the earlier our children get started in education, the better off they will be. The early childhood years are vital to a child’s development and to their future ability.

In 2015, 73.6  per cent of local 18-year-olds achieved NCEA Level 2 which is up from last year and tracking towards the Government target well.

"This means good things for the futures of local kids. Our teachers and students are working hard and the results are showing,” Mr Muller said.

“There are highlights across the board for our region with 82.9% of our primary school students achieving at or above the national standard for reading.

 “This Government is committed to ensuring all young New Zealanders can achieve educational success.

“Through our focus on achievement 38,000 more kids have achieved the NCEA Level 2 qualification which will help prepare them for further study or work since we have taken office.

“This information is helping teachers provide the right support to the right students, and keeping parents and communities informed.  We all have a part to play,” Mr Muller said.

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