Posted by: Tom Haig
on 23, Aug, 2012
Public achievement information is the Minister of Education’s phrase of the moment, but the achievement information made public by Labour’s questioning about the youth guarantee won’t have her smiling.
In 2010 Tolley trumpeted that this initiative will increase the achievement of 16 and 17 year olds because many of them will be “more motivated to achieve qualifications in a tertiary setting.” Reading between the lines here, what the Minister means is that schools are boring and inflexible, and what many teenagers need is the freedom and ‘real world’ relevance of a tertiary setting.
There’s definitely an argument to be made for this, but there are legitimate questions about it too. We wrote to Minister Joyce at the time that “the evidence is clear, that students who do not achieve success at secondary school do not have any greater likelihood of succeeding at a more expensive tertiary institution.”