Maths and literacy: Govt plans to lift achievement

Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti.

The Government has a plan to improve how and what our kids are learning at school.

Education and Associate Education Ministers Chris Hipkins, Jan Tinetti and Kelvin Davis announced what those plans are on Friday.

“We’ve listened to teachers, parents, expert academics and others to develop strategies to improve learning across maths, literacy, communication, te reo matatini and pāngarau over the next five years,” says Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti.

“The reality is our maths and literacy outcomes need to change. We must do better for our kids and ensure they are getting the education they deserve.

“We will do this by ensuring teachers are supported and have what they need to be good teachers. We’ll improve assessment so that learners are assessed as individuals and supports are tailored to the individual needs, rather than a one size fits all check box mentality.

“We’ll ensure opportunities for young people and particularly for those who have been underserved in the past. We must tackle inequity in our system – because every child can be good at maths and English if they believe in themselves, and their parents and teachers believe in them too.”

“The Literacy, Communication and Maths Strategy and Hei Raukura Mō Te Mokopuna will help ensure we reach our goals of making Aotearoa the best place in the world to be a child,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

“There are barriers to learning that some kids face and some communities face disproportionately to others. This Government’s plan will address the drivers of the decline we have seen in the past and give kids the best start in life.

“We want parents and caregivers to feel confident supporting their children’s learning progress, including through reading for pleasure and using maths in everyday life.

“And for teachers, confidence comes with knowledge, so there will be a stronger focus on these subjects in Initial Teacher Education. There will also be professional supports considered for teachers to help make maths and literacy easier and more enjoyable for more children and young people.”

“I’m proud of this Government for getting stuck in and tackling the issues that matter – the success of future generations of young people,” says Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis.

“We know the statistics for Maori in particular aren’t right, that there are rangatahi being left behind, and we need to do something about it. This Government acknowledges that and is stepping up, putting our mokopuna at the centre and supporting them to experience success.”

In a nutshell:

  • Two new strategies set out the plan to improve outcomes for young people and parents in maths, literacy, communication, te reo matatini and pāngarau
  • Support for teachers to have confidence and knowledge in these subjects
  • Tailored assessment to the individual so parents know how their child is going and where support is needed

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Posted on 31-03-2022 13:57 | By morepork

Slim’s unpalatable statistics are, sadly, pretty right. (if it’s any consolation, illiteracy in the USA is also 20%...UK officially 16% but growing, and 20% of adults there "struggle to read and write.") I am a Kiwi who acquired skills then went overseas for 30 years, because I could earn 3x as much as here. I came back permanently in 2002, and did some work here, but it was really not worth the commute and the effort (to Auckland), so I packed it in and retired. Like you I know younger people who are only here because travelling was such a hassle with Covid, but I think we will lose a lot more as restrictions are lifted. I hope there will be overseas people encouraged to come here. For many, it is not necessarily about money, but about the climate and life style. Covid has rocked our world.

@slim shady

Posted on 30-03-2022 18:01 | By Kancho

NZ would be in big trouble without immigrants. Twenty six percent of our population were born overseas. Seems we are still desperate for talented people to come here either return home or new immigrants. They come here for a better life and work hard. Sadly though we have less to offer for many as our cost living and lower wages. We are a haven for countries with large populations who want to achieve better living standards even though it’s very difficult for them. On the other side our young especially qualified find a better life elsewhere. Several I know who had returned are leaving again for better salaries and better lives overseas


Posted on 27-03-2022 17:02 | By Ross54

From the headline to this article it would appear that this govt is has finally admitted its faults and is going to try and lift its own lack of acheivements

Maths for Dummies

Posted on 27-03-2022 12:24 | By Slim Shady

As a highly skilled immigrant I have been staggered by the really poor standard of literacy and maths amongst Kiwis. According to recent data over 20% of Kiwis cannot do basic maths and are illiterate. There is little wonder so many think money grows on trees and they cannot grasp basic jobs. Unfortunately they find a home in the Labour Party and get to run the country (into the ground).

And Jan

Posted on 27-03-2022 11:07 | By Kancho

No doubt you and party have criticized previous governments to over years. All well and good but surely you had all the time to talk and fact finding already done and ready to spring into action on such a highly critical plan for failing education. But no seems not , just more talk and taking off the labels as a crisis in everything, housing, poverty, health, . Education is paramount for the future of everything . Many of us came from poor large families but at least our parents made sure we got to school even though we didn’t even have books at home. They knew enough to know that if there family were to succeed it was a start with a basic education and not blame there horrendous childhoods.


Posted on 27-03-2022 09:17 | By Kancho

Jan’s background knows this has been a high priority. The recent report shows twenty percent of kids leaving school have unacceptable basic reading and writing levels and no doubt maths too. Urgently needed plan but Four and a half years in government and now they are talking five year plan . Too slow , a lot of talk and a long term plan. Probably for the next government as this one will be out . The way out of poverty is education which is hard when kids are kept out of school or just don’t go. New Zealand’s GDP per capita is 30% below the average of the top half of the OECD, incomes are below the OECD average due to low labour productivity. Now inflation making that worse. This is all about education not delivering especially for the poor.


Posted on 27-03-2022 08:50 | By dumbkof2

time to go back to the traditional ways of learning maths and reading. those new fangled ways are just not good enough

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