Education initiatives high on National agenda
As a mum I know that every parent wants the best education possible for their child.
Ensuring every child gets a good education is one of the most important things National can do to raise living standards for our future generations.
At the moment four out of five kids are successfully getting the qualifications they need from school. National’s plan is about getting five out of five.
Budget 2013 increases spending on education for the fifth Budget in a row, because we want to ensure all children leave school with the skills they need to reach their potential.
In 2016 we want to have 98 per cent of school new entrants having previously participated in early childhood education (ECE). And in 2017 we want 85 per cent of 18-year olds to achieve NCEA Level 2 or equivalent qualification.
These targets reflect our commitment to deliver better public services to New Zealand families.
At the moment about 95 per cent of our children are participating in ECE, which means to reach 98 per cent we need 3000 more children participating every year.
To help us achieve that we’re investing $172.5 million over four years. The Government’s total ECE investment in 2013-14 will be $1.5 billion, up from $860 million in 2007-08.
At NCEA level, currently about 74 per cent of all 18-yearolds attain NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification. So to reach our target of 85 per cent, we are refocusing funding to specific programmes that will help keep students engaged, investing $215 million more over four years.
We will fund a new mentoring programme, and increase funding for the Ngarimu scholarships to support Maori students into tertiary education.
Additional funding will go to the Positive Behaviour for Learning initiative, and we’re piloting two new programmes as part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health initiative.
National also recognises the role parents and communities play in lifting achievement for our kids, so we’re investing in an initiative to provide better information for parents and communities about how to engage with ECE services and schools to support their children.