Education, Qualifications and Skills

The Ministry is dedicated to building and strengthening Education, Qualifications and Skills in Pasifika communities.

The key priorities for the Ministry in this space are to provide accessible opportunities for Pacific peoples, to advise and guide Pacific people to these opportunities and ensure Pacific people enter the New Zealand schooling system well informed and well equipped.

The Ministry was able to effectively advocate for our Pacific people to ensure their participation in our Early Childhood Education programmes increased and school leavers reach the NCEA Level 2 criteria that sets a solid foundation for future progression.

These results came from the Ministry’s ability to utilise the expertise of other active agencies in this field, and the ability to engage with Pacific parents and families with a Pacific approach through language.

NZQA and Ministry of Education Partnerships

The Ministry delivers 10 Ma-le Pasifika workshops to schools and Pasifika Communities throughout the country, advising and sharing information about the National Certificate of Education Achievement Exam (NCEA).

Our NCEA Level 2 activities, which aim to help more Pasifika students to leave school with this qualification, is guided by a Better Public Services target captured in the Pasifika Education Plan 2013 – 2017.

The Ministry’s work in this area continues to focus on building family and parent engagement with schools and in providing a Pacific perspective to the MoE policy development.

Latest NCEA Statistics

The latest Pasifika Education statistics for NCEA Level 2.

There has been an increase in the percentage of Pasifika 18 year olds achieving NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification.                                                                                           ncea1The last two years shows an increase from 68.2% in 2013 to 71.9% in 2014.

 Percentage of school leavers with NCEA Level 2 or above

Ethnic Group

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Māori

44.4%

45.6%

49.5%

52.2%

55.4%

55.8%

58.6%

Pasifika

55.3%

56.4%

60.1%

63.7%

65.6%

68.2%

71.9%

All Ethnic Groups

66.5%

67.5%

70.2%

72.4%

74.7%

74.7%

77.1%

Education counts

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