Education Minister Anne Tolley says her ministry is not capable, at the moment, of helping lift student achievement in schools.
Ms Tolley told the National Party's annual conference in Auckland on Saturday that one of the Government's key objectives is to lift student achievement.
But she said she doubts the Ministry of Education has the capability and skills to do that at present and will need to recruit from the education sector in order to achieve that goal.
She said the Government intends to set up a student achievement unit within the ministry. She will discuss the details with schools in the next month.