Nick Smith National Education Spokesperson
29 October 2002
Abolition of Bursary premature
The decision to abolish Bursary in 2004 and replace it with Level 3 of the NCEA is grossly premature, says National's
Education spokesperson Nick Smith.
"The Government is showing reckless disregard for the credibility of our school qualifications system. We have no
guarantee that Level 1 NCEA will work and results are not due out until January. A question mark hangs over Level 2 with
schools having a choice to proceed or not. To decide now that they are proceeding with Level 3 and to scrap Bursary is
"This decision is a crude attempt to bully schools into doing Level 2 NCEA next year. Schools are left with a 'Clayton's
Choice' - if they decide not to proceed with Level 2, their students will be forced to do Level 3 NCEA.
"Bursary has become a very credible academic qualification used by universities for determining entry to many programmes
like medicine, engineering and law. It must not be scrapped until there's considerably more confidence in its
replacement," says Dr Smith.