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“Is this worth credits?”: The state of our secondary schools

“Is this worth credits?”: The state of our secondary schools “Is this worth credits?”: The state of our secondary schools, 41.94 MB
Wed 30 Aug 2017

Today for education week on The Wire, we look into some of the current challenges students and teachers face within secondary school education, particularly in relation to NCEA. We speak to the PPTA’s Jack Boyle, the NZ Institute’s Eric Crampton, as well as a teacher of 40-years (who also turns out to be Ximena’s mum) to try answer questions about how education policy has shaped the secondary school sector over the years, and about what measures can be taken to improve it.

The Wire with India: Tuesday August 29, 2017

The Wire with India: Tuesday August 29, 2017 The Wire with India: Tuesday August 29, 2017, 101.5 MB
Tue 29 Aug 2017

On today's Wire we continue the focus on education policy ahead of September's election.

We chat to the deputy leader of The Opportunities Party Geoff Simmons about the member who’s joined him as a co-deputy and their views on the education system.

We speak to the New Zealand Education Institute’s ECE spokesperson Virginia Oakley about the issues facing Early Childhood Education and Rikki Sheterline about Primary Schools.

We speak to language experts about National’s policy to offer a second language to all primary school students, and also the growing demand for English support for speakers of other languages. 

Future-proofing NZ's education system

Future-proofing NZ's education system Future-proofing NZ's education system, 11.14 MB
Tue 29 Aug 2017

The education policies outlined by The Opportunities Party include free Early Childhood Education for all, a reduction in the amount of testing and administration performed by schools and creating a less competitive environment for schools to operate in.

This morning I spoke to The Opportunities Party deputy leader Geoff Simmons about their approach to education policy, but first I asked him about the party’s decision to have two deputy leaders.

The policy problems facing our youngest learners

The policy problems facing our youngest learners The policy problems facing our youngest learners, 18.92 MB
Tue 29 Aug 2017

For our week looking at education policy, India speaks to Virginia Oakley, NZEI's spokesperson for Early Childhood Education, who highlights a seven-year freeze in funding as the key issue facing the sector.

To look at primary school education, Mack spoke with NZEI National Executive Vice President Rikki Sheterline, who says there’s three core issues facing students, parents and teachers right now.

 

Where is our education sector at?

Where is our education sector at? Where is our education sector at? , 17.1 MB
Mon 28 Aug 2017

What is the state of our education sector as we head into the election? Reporter Sam Smith spoke to the New Zealand Council of Education Research's Cathy Wylie about education and where it is heading. 

A history of National's campaign music nightmares

A history of National's campaign music nightmares A history of National's campaign music nightmares , 9.8 MB
Mon 28 Aug 2017

It is no secret that the National party has had many run ins with music copyright concerning their campaign music, most famously of course with Eminem during the last election. Reporter Sam Smith takes a look back at these episodes, the latest which concerns their new campaign song. 

General election education 101

General election education 101 General election education 101, 30.31 MB
Mon 28 Aug 2017

In the ramp up for the 2017 election, reporters Jack and Sam spoke with Derek Wenmoth the Director of e-Learning and Cathy Wylie from the New Zealand Council of Education Research. The two give us a rundown of the parties, policies and how we head forward after the election.

The Wire with Joel: Monday 28 August, 2017

The Wire with Joel: Monday 28 August, 2017 The Wire with Joel: Monday 28 August, 2017, 111.26 MB
Mon 28 Aug 2017

The first show in our election coverage focusing on education. This week Joel, Sam, and Jack, got an overview of New Zealand's current education system by talking to the general population on the streets, Derek Wenmoth from Core Education, and Cathy Wylie from the NZ Council of Education Research. Joel also spoke to the Green Party's Education Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty about education policy. On top of this we had the Southern Cross segment with the latest in Pacific news, and Sam did a report on the National Party's campaign music.

Andrew Bayly on National's freshwater and climate change policies

Andrew Bayly on National's freshwater and climate change policies Andrew Bayly on National's freshwater and climate change policies , 38.43 MB
Fri 25 Aug 2017

The chair of the Blue Greens Committee, Andrew Bayly, wraps up our week of election coverage interviews on the environmental issues facing New Zealand. Kelly asked Andrew about the freshwater policies National has announced to make a wider amount of New Zealand rivers and lakes swimmable again. They also chatted about climate change and National's commitment to the Paris agreement. 

Selina Marsh chats poems on National Poetry Day

Selina Marsh chats poems on National Poetry Day Selina Marsh chats poems on National Poetry Day, 14.61 MB
Fri 25 Aug 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Day, reporter Amanda Robinson talked to Selina Marsh, the first Pacific Islander to Graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, about her latest collection of recently released poetry.