School cur­ricu­lum gets dig­i­tal shakeup


The school cur­ricu­lum is in for a shake up with the Govern­ment propos­ing to shift ed­u­ca­tion into a ‘‘dig­i­tally ori­ented sys­tem’’.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye an­nounced the pro­posal on Wed­nes­day and said it would break new ground.

But she ac­knowl­edged it could be con­tro­ver­sial given there were al­ready con­cerns about the amount of time chil­dren spend on­line.

’’I recog­nise it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand how dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies are im­pact­ing so­ci­ety and our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. I’ve asked the Prime Min­is­ter’s Chief Sci­ence Ad­vi­sor Sir Peter Gluck­man, and the Ed­u­ca­tion Sci­ence Ad­vi­sor Pro­fes­sor Stu­art McNaughton, to un­der­take work to en­sure we con­tinue to fully un­der­stand this im­pact, in­clud­ing how dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies may af­fect young peo­ple’s writ­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.’’

Kaye launched the Dig­i­tal Tech­nolo­gies-Han­ga­rau Mati­hiki cur­ricu­lum in Auck­land Wed­nes­day morn­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Bill English.

The cur­ricu­lum changes in­clude ’’unique Maori con­tent, learn­ing that can be shaped ac­cord­ing to stu­dents in­di­vid­ual needs and fu­ture proof­ing so it can adapt to new tech­nol­ogy as it arises’’.

The Govern­ment will spend $40 mil­lion up­skilling teach­ers to de­liver the new cur­ricu­lum.

‘‘Ro­bot­ics, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and ad­vances in con­nec­tiv­ity are all rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing our world, in­clud­ing our busi­nesses, in­dus­try and com­mu­nity.

‘‘From New Zealand’s work in movie-mak­ing to Rocket Lab launch­ing rock­ets into outer space, world-class tech­nol­ogy is play­ing a ma­jor role.

‘‘The new cur­ricu­lum con­tent is about en­sur­ing that stu­dents across all year lev­els have ac­cess to rich learn­ing aimed at build­ing their dig­i­tal skills and flu­ency, to pre­pare them for this world.’’

Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy is among New Zealand’s fastest grow­ing ex­port sec­tors.

‘‘An Aus­tralian re­port in­di­cates that around 40 per cent of jobs are con­sid­ered at high risk of au­to­ma­tion over the next 10 to 15 years, and this trend could be ex­pected to ap­ply to coun­tries such as New Zealand.

The new con­tent is ex­pected to be avail­able for use from 2018, with a tran­si­tion pe­riod of two years and the new cur­ricu­lum in full use from the start of 2020.


Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye ac­knowl­edged it could be con­tro­ver­sial given there were al­ready con­cerns about the amount of time chil­dren spend on­line.

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