The NCEA, National Certificate of Educational Achievement, is now a normal part of our lives.
All our senior students and a growing number of our juniors are being assessed against standards that are the backbone of all our classes. Standards can range from Formal Writing, to Describing Management Practices in Crop Production ; both of which are assessed at year 11; Level 1.
Each of these standards has a credit value attached to it. When 80 credits are gained at level 1 or better, then the student receives his National Certificate. It is compulsory to have a proportion of these credits which reflect ability in Literacy and Numeracy.
Each subject presents between 18 and 26 credits. A boy will do six subjects at each year level.
Each level certificate is a stepping stone to the next, eventually leading to University Entrance, Polytechnic or the Work-place.