Assessments in Te Reo Maori

Liam Stoneley made this Official Information request to University of Otago

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear University of Otago,

This is a request for information, made under ss 4 and 5 of the
Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like
the following information;

1. Please provide a breakdown of the number of students who have

a. Requested to sit any assessment in Te Reo Maori where the language of instruction is english
b. Sat their assessment in Te Reo Maori
c. Complaints made to either College or University level for the
result of their marked Te Reo Maori assessment
i. Please provide a table of reasons for those complaints and what
their result was.
by College, and going back as far as records allow.

2. If you have a School of Law, please provide a table of:
a. How many assessments were assessed in Te Reo Maori where the language of instruction is english; and
b. who marked (or has been asked to mark) those assessments taken in Te Reo
Maori, as far as records allow.

3. Further to point (2), please provide any information on the type
of assessment, it’s percentage and for what course. Any other
information on these assessments would be appreciated.

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear University of Otago,

I note you have not confirmed receipt of this request.

Please do so to prevent extensions being requested.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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From: University of Otago Registrar
University of Otago

Dear Mr Stoneley,

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information request received on 5 November 2015.

Sincerely,

Jan Flood
Registrar

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From: Chris Stoddart
University of Otago

Dear Mr Stoneley

 

I refer to your Official Information Act request of 4 November, asking for
information on assessments in Te Reo Māori at the University of Otago. 

 

1. Please provide a breakdown of the number of students who have

a. Requested to sit any assessment in Te Reo Maori where the language of
instruction is english b. Sat their assessment in Te Reo Maori c.
Complaints made to either College or University level for the result of
their marked Te Reo Maori assessment i. Please provide a table of reasons
for those complaints and what their result was.

by College, and going back as far as records allow.

 

Requests for assessment in Te Reo Māori are covered by the ‘Procedures for
Student Assessment in Te Reo Māori’ in the University’s [1]Māori Language
Policy - Ngā Kaupapa mō te reo Māori.  The University is aware of two
cases in which students made initial enquiries about assessment in Te Reo
Māori but did not pursue these further.  Three students have requested and
sat assessments in Te Reo Māori where the language of instruction is
English; none of these cases resulted in complaints. 

 

2. If you have a School of Law, please provide a table of:

a. How many assessments were assessed in Te Reo Maori where the language
of instruction is english; and b. who marked (or has been asked to mark)
those assessments taken in Te Reo Maori, as far as records allow.

 

3. Further to point (2), please provide any information on the type of
assessment, it’s percentage and for what course. Any other information on
these assessments would be appreciated.

 

The Faculty of Law has no record of any assessments in Te Reo Māori where
the language of instruction is English.

 

Yours sincerely

Chris Stoddart

 

Chris Stoddart • Manager, Policy and Compliance • Academic Services • Te
Kaiwhakahaere Matua o Te Ratoka Mātauraka • University of Otago • Tel +64
3 479 8993

 

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