5 Mar 2015

Maori and Pasifika UE pass rate hard hit

10:39 am on 5 March 2015

New figures show Maori and Pasifika school-leavers have been hardest hit by the drop in the University Entrance pass rate.

Advice to the Education Minister obtained by Radio New Zealand showed only a third of Maori and Pasifika Year 13 students got the qualification, down from about a half the previous year.

The drop was much bigger than for Asian and Pakeha Year 13 students, about two-thirds of whom got UE last year.

About 4400 fewer school-leavers got UE following changes to the standard aimed at ensuring students are better prepared for degree-level study.

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