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Statutory Manager Won’t Help Save NCEA

Friday, 13 August 2004, 8:47 am | Concerned Teachers

“The Minister of Education Mr. Mallard, The NZQA and the Children’s’ Commissioner must take most of the responsibility for the failure of the NCEA at Cambridge High” said Peter Calvert Concerned Teachers spokesperson. More >>

Trev For ABs (open letter to NZRFU)

Friday, 28 September 2001, 10:53 am | Concerned Teachers

Our group wishes to nominate Trevor Mallard for the position of coach of the All Blacks till the next World Cup, which we understand closes today. More >>

Charles The Chef Passes – Ministry Fails

Monday, 9 July 2001, 12:39 am | Concerned Teachers

“A complaint has been forwarded to the Ministry of Education and the Advertising Standards Complaints Board about the Charles the Chef TV and newspaper ads that they mislead the public about how Charles ‘failed’ at school, “ Concerned Teachers spokesperson ... More >>

National’s Dual Exam – One Size Does Not Fit All

Monday, 7 May 2001, 11:29 am | Concerned Teachers

“Demands by grassroots teachers for a trial of the NCEA will increase in the light of the new academic exam system proposed by the National Party today,” said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert. More >>

Mallard Season Opened – Now For Rangiora!

Friday, 4 May 2001, 9:24 am | Concerned Teachers

“A symbolic slaying of a mallard duck outside the (College of Education) home of the NCEA in Christchurch took place yesterday (Thursday 3 May the College’s Open Day) as a protest against the NCEA,” said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert. More >>

Ministry Duped Reporters, Parents – Black

Tuesday, 1 May 2001, 10:07 am | Concerned Teachers

“Professor Black’s Report on the radical nature of the NCEA makes it clear that the ‘communications strategy’ the Ministry used with reporters, parents, and Boards in 2000 was at best an honest mistake and at worst a propaganda lie,” said Concerned ... More >>

Qualification Mess Estimated To Cost NZ $200m

Friday, 20 April 2001, 11:15 am | Concerned Teachers

“The developing mess over the NCEA will devastate the market for overseas students in State secondary schools over the next three years, costing New Zealand over $200m,” said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert. Mr Calvert was commenting on ... More >>

Human Biology Student Guinea Pigs - NCEA

Thursday, 12 April 2001, 12:28 am | Concerned Teachers

“NZQA has finally accepted that Concerned Teachers are right that the NCEA needs a ‘pilot’ or trial, but is wrongly using this year’s Human Biology and Physics School Certificate students as guinea pigs,” said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter ... More >>

Discrimination Against Practical Subjects in NCEA

Thursday, 29 March 2001, 6:23 pm | Concerned Teachers

“Trevor Mallard’s new reporting system discriminates against school students doing practical subjects like Computer Technology, Transition, Tourism, which include unit standards,” said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert. “Their maximum score ... More >>

Chch Teacher Police Submissions Canned

Monday, 26 March 2001, 10:56 am | Concerned Teachers

“Parliament’s Education and Science Committee has canned hearing submissions in Christchurch on Monday 26th March, canning our democratic right to submit,” said Concerned Teachers spokesman Peter Calvert. Mr Calvert said he had been due to present its submission ... More >>

Dumbing Down UE – “Return To Go” Call

Tuesday, 20 March 2001, 10:02 am | Concerned Teachers

“NZQA has failed to properly consult about the standards for University Entrance under the NCEA,” said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert. “Of all the high stakes aspects of senior school qualifications for students, none could be more ... More >>

IRD Tax Changes Positive

Monday, 12 March 2001, 11:43 am | Concerned Teachers

“Rodney Hide may be wrong: the new IRD approach to tax payers appears more than PR and is ‘walking the talk’ so far,” said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert. Mr Calvert said his group had just received a letter showing IRD had changed their ... More >>

Claytons Marks for Claytons Qualification

Tuesday, 20 February 2001, 10:40 am | Concerned Teachers

“Concerned Teachers understands that the Government has reacted to National’s criticism over the removal of marks in the NCEA by introducing subject scores called ‘credit weighted grade scores’, Concerned Teachers’ spokesperson Peter Calvert said today. ... More >>

Abandon Ship-ley Sinks NCEA

Tuesday, 13 February 2001, 11:06 am | Concerned Teachers

“The multiparty deal that stopped debate during the last election campaign over the scrapping of School Cert and Bursary and their replacement with an experimental NCEA award is officially dead,” Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert said today. More >>

Bedazzled's Liz Hurley to be Boycotted as Scab

Thursday, 25 January 2001, 8:40 am | Concerned Teachers

“Our group is encouraging teachers to boycott the film Bedazzled which premiers in New Zealand tomorrow (Thursday) to show their support for the Waterfront Workers Union protest against Tauranga-based Mainland Stevedoring,” said Concerned Teachers ... More >>

Report Highlights Risk Of “Credits For Favours”

Wednesday, 17 January 2001, 9:57 am | Concerned Teachers

“NZQA’s plan to have teachers handing out half the credits for the new secondary qualifications from their classrooms puts both teachers and students at risk of ‘favours’ which could lead to unprecedented pressures, says the writer of a new report on the ... More >>

Incompetent Teachers To Hand Out Quals?

Wednesday, 17 January 2001, 9:54 am | Concerned Teachers

“Just retired ERO Head Judith Aitken’s report to Parliament that there are ‘large numbers’ of incompetent teachers contradicts NZQA’s plan to have these same teachers handing out the new secondary qualifications from their classrooms, says the writer ... More >>

Too Tough Test in Typing Also Needs Scaling

Monday, 15 January 2001, 11:30 am | Concerned Teachers

“Examination results in School Certificate Typing have also had to be scaled up significantly to be fair to students,” said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert. Mr Calvert said that this was in addition to the well publicised problem in Bursary Maths with ... More >>

Lesson in Scottish Guinea Pigs Fiasco

Monday, 18 December 2000, 10:41 am | Concerned Teachers

"A Scottish Parliament report into this year’s Scottish examinations debacle found ‘key figures in the [Scottish Qualifications Authority] in fact took an enormous and unjustifiable gamble … to the detriment of parents, pupils and teachers,’ said ... More >>

Discovery One Approved Without Site

Monday, 11 December 2000, 1:54 pm | Concerned Teachers

"Material released under the Official Information Act shows Trevor Mallard approved the experimental Discovery One school without it having a definite site," said Concerned Teachers spokesperson Peter Calvert. More >>





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