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When will the new Level 3 TMoA achievement standards be eligible to contribute to the 14 credits in each of three approved subjects?

Students on the Maori-medium pathway will be eligible to have their achievements count towards University Entrance this year.

Why can’t a student not on a Māori-medium pathway have access to the new TMoA subjects?

The new subjects and the associated standards are derived from and are aligned with the Māori-medium curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Courses delivered in a Kaupapa Māori context are aligned to the principles and intent of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.  Only students undertaking their learning within a kaupapa Māori context will be undertaking standards as part of a subject within coherent learning programmes aligned to the principles and intent of TMoA.

The definition of kaupapa Māori is:

  • significant use of Te Reo Māori (i.e. the school is at levels one or two of the Māori language immersion levels); and
  • Māori education that incorporates a Māori world view; and

incorporates ways of teaching in a range of settings, including bilingual and immersion settings (English and Māori); and

delivers the Te Marautanga o Aotearoa curriculum subjects in te reo Māori only, or in both te reo Māori and English.

I am a teacher in a mainstream school which is not at levels one or two of the Māori language immersion levels.   Why can’t my students be awarded one of the new subjects if they achieve 14 credits in the identified standards in English?

The new TMoA subjects and the associated standards are derived from and aligned with the Māori-medium curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Courses delivered in a Kaupapa Māori context are aligned to the principles and intent of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Some of the new Level 3 Te Marautanga o Aotearoa standards are included in several subjects. Does this mean that a standard can count towards more than one approved subject?

No, a standard can only be counted once in the calculation of the 14 credits in each of three subjects’ requirement, as is currently the case.

I am a teacher in a kura and I want to offer a pūtaiao programme.  Can I choose any of the standards under science/pūtaiao, or am I restricted to just the pūtaiao standards?

Any of the standards with the pūtaiao subject can be used.  There are no restrictions.

Will the New Zealand Record of Achievement show achievement of these new subjects?

The New Zealand Record of Achievement only records whether University Entrance has been awarded or not. It does not identify the subjects a student may have achieved to meet the University Entrance requirement for 14 credits in each of three approved subjects.

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