Live chat: Education Minister Hekia Parata

23:50, Dec 04 2013
Hekia Parata
EDUCATION MINISTER: Hekia Parata

It has been a busy year for education in New Zealand and today, Education Minister Hekia Parata joins us for a live chat.  

On Tuesday, it was revealed that New Zealand's education ranking has fallen from seventh to 18th in science, from 13th to 23rd in maths, and from seventh to 13th in reading, according to a report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The figures in the report were based on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Just over 4000 15-year-old Kiwi students took part in the assessment, which is done every three years.

This year also saw the final decisions for 19 schools in Christchurch - some were merged and others closed.

National Standards results were released publicly for the second year and the government's new Charter Schools programme also hit the headlines.  

If you have any questions for the Minister about PISA or other education issues in New Zealand, you can submit them here.

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