Education in New Zealand 2010 - Schools Perspective

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Education in New Zealand 2010 - Schools Perspective
Education in New Zealand

Education in New Zealand follows the three-tier model which includes primary schools, followed by secondary schools (high schools) and tertiary education at universities and/or polytechs.

The Programme for International Student Assessment[1] ranks New Zealand's education as the 7th best in the world.[2] The Education Index[3], published with the UN's Human Development Index in 2008, based on data from 2006, lists New Zealand as 0.993, amongst the highest in the world, tied for first with Denmark, Finland and Australia[4].

The Wikipedia article is a good place to start (to know how you may improve it later). Readers are encouraged to follow links therein and find additional information through the various search engines.

New Zealand is noted for innovation in education and its national system is ranked among the best in the world. This is somewhat surprising for such a small, remote country which seems to have followed a fairly standard and structured three-tier approach. In this case, the small size of the population, a society that cares about education, has enabled closeness with government and alignment of policy with educational needs. The small tax base has meant that educators have had to make it work with limited resources. The combination of these factors with New Zealand's geographical remoteness and the pioneering spirit of its inhabitants, has led to a strong cultural identity and a "can do" attitude which spawns innovation.

We've got no money, so we've got to think[5]
Kiwis are famous for their ingenuity and self-sufficiency. It is said that Kiwis can create amazing things - all they need is 'a piece of Number 8 wire'[6]
  1. See Programme for International Student Assessment on Wikipedia.
  2. Range of rank on the PISA 2006 science scale,
  3. See Education Index in wikipedia.
  4. Human Development Reports (2008-12-18) - Human development indices: (accessed on 2010-02-16)
  5. Capri, A.Z. 2007. Quips, Quotes, and Quanta, p 65, World Scientific Publishing Company.