15 November 2015
Ministry covers up damning NCEA report
New documents show the Education Ministry succumbed to political pressure and covered up an attempt to help hundreds of
special needs students at our poorest schools during their NCEA exams, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins
“Figures just released show hundreds of students with learning difficulties at low decile schools are sitting exams
without support they need and are entitled to.
“Hekia Parata ignored a warning from the Ministry that “the credibility of the entire NCEA system is at risk” because of
this inequity. No extra funding was allocated in the past two Budgets because there were ‘higher priorities’.
“Emails show there was political pressure on the Ministry to cover up its view that alternative steps taken to fix these
inequalities had failed.
“When the Minister’s office didn’t like what the Ministry had to say, emails from her office led to that advice being
“These emails raise serious questions about the Ministry’s independence and the Minister’s ability to do anything but
blunder from one disaster to the next,” Chris Hipkins says.