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NZ Government Unveils Education Reforms: Focus on Core Subjects and Cellphone-Free Classrooms

NZ Government Unveils Education Reforms: Focus on Core Subjects and Cellphone-Free Classrooms

In a bid to enhance the quality of education, the New Zealand government has introduced significant changes. As part of the 100-day plan, all primary

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In a bid to enhance the quality of education, the New Zealand government has introduced significant changes. As part of the 100-day plan, all primary and intermediate students will now receive an average of one hour of dedicated teaching for reading, writing, and maths each day, starting from Term 1, 2024.

Education Minister Erica Stanford emphasized the government’s commitment to achieving an aspirational target of having 80% of students meeting curriculum standards by the end of intermediate school. The move aims to provide a consistent and purposeful approach to teaching core subjects across the country.

Additionally, to reduce distractions and maximize class time, the use of cellphones will be prohibited in classrooms effective from Term 2, 2024. While schools have the discretion to enforce this policy, it is expected that most will implement it from Term 1. The Ministry of Education will offer guidance and support for the smooth implementation of these changes.

Moreover, a Ministerial Advisory Group will be formed to review the primary school English, maths, and statistics curricula. The objective is to build upon existing work and provide teachers with the clarity and tools necessary for effective teaching. The review will be completed in the first half of 2024, with implementation set for 2025.

The government recognizes the importance of ensuring that foundational skills are taught effectively, fostering success for every child in and beyond school. Specific timelines for implementation have been set for different types of schools to allow for proper consultation and adaptation.

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