Support for CIE Students
From: On Your Behalf
Dear Chris Hipkins,
I am a Year 13 Cambridge student seeking a university education in 2022. I would like to seek clarification around support systems in place for Cambridge students. This is also in response to written parliamentary question 41343 (2021) and subsequently, questions 41344, 41345, 41346, 41347 and 41348 (2021).
1. CIE examinations in New Zealand began on October 1st, according to the official timetable. Auckland was in Level 3 at this date. NCEA students have received assistance regarding their final examinations as well as learning recognition credits. I understand that Cambridge is not a national curriculum and hence the Ministry of Education has no sway or control over final marks. Will the Government, specifically the Ministry of Education, advise New Zealand Universities to lower tariff points/rank scores for entry into all undergraduate programmes for students with Cambridge qualifications? If not, why not?
2. If the Government or Ministry of Education choose to not provide support for Cambridge students, specifically the support outlined above, do they believe this is equitable when compared to NCEA? If so, why so? If not, why not?
3. The Ministry of Education website states the following:
Every New Zealander:
- is strong in their national and cultural identity
- aspires for themselves and their children to achieve more
- has the choice and opportunity to be the best they can be
- is an active participant and citizen in creating a strong civil society
- is productive, valued and competitive in the world.
If no support is given to Cambridge students, do you believe that that decision aligns with your values, specifically, "aspires for themselves and their children to achieve more", "has the choice and opportunity to achieve more" and "is productive valued and competitive in the world"?
If so, why so?
If not, why not?
On Your Behalf
From: C Hipkins (MIN)
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