Earlier this year, New Zealanders were invited to participate in a survey on our education system as part of the Government’s ‘Education Conversation’ work programme.
We put a couple of the survey questions to some Year 8 students at Manaia View School, here’s what they said:
If you were the boss of education in New Zealand, what would you do first?
“I would provide more teachers, sports equipment, parks and fields.” – Treizarn
“Provide more days of tech.” – Dayna
“I will get more teachers.” – Royce
“If I was the boss of education, first I would fairly give children education options because a lot of New Zealand children cannot afford proper education.” – Seranayde
“I would let all of the schools in New Zealand take their Chromebooks home for homework.” – Unaiki
“Make work harder so you can get smarter. Have more time on each subject so you can learn more and remember for the next school.” – Karsynn
“Listen to what the teachers and students need.” – Miracle
What things need to be in place to make sure every learner is successful?
“Put the students in places where they won’t be distracted in order to focus more on their work and to be more successful.” – Treizarn
“I would make sure that everyone has a set maths, reading and writing test every month so the teachers know what their level is, and make sure that their levels are going up, not down.” – Denzel
“More Chromebooks.” – Royce
“Tutors or summer school.” – Waimaia
“Free stationery for all of the schools around New Zealand for families who can’t afford it.” – Unaiki
“More teachers, everyone get their own device so they can finish off work that they didn’t do and that was set for them.” – Karsynn
“Give them work related to what they want to be in the future, so they can be ready.” – Miracle