on NCEA students, principals say
Secondary school principals are warning that this year might be shaping up to be the worst of the pandemic.
Principals spoken to by RNZ said two-and-a-half years of Covid-19 disruption had left many young people short of the motivation and credits they needed to get their NCEA qualifications.
Their warning came just weeks after the government announced a $20 million package to provide extra teaching and tutoring.
Qualifications Authority (NZQA) figures showed by 20 September schools had reported an average of 32.5 credits for each student, just 0.9 more credits than in the same period last year, 1.5 more than 2020, but 3.9 less than 2019.