Aligning subjects and standards from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa with the University Entrance approved subjects list

Closed 26 May 2017

NZQA is seeking views on a proposal to align subjects and standards from the Māori-medium curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, with the University Entrance approved subjects list.

The purpose of the approved subjects list is to ensure that students have the appropriate skills and knowledge in a subject to contribute to their success at degree level study.

You can also read and respond to the proposal in te reo Māori.


What is the aim of this proposal?

This proposal would enable:

  • Māori-medium students to continue their learning within Māori-medium up to and including NCEA Level 3 and be eligible to have their learning recognised for University Entrance. Currently, subjects and standards derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are not included in the approved subjects list for University Entrance
  • learning from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa to count towards the University Entrance requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects on the approved subjects list.

What are the key features of the proposal?

This proposal:

adds six new subjects to the approved subjects list

  • Hauora (health)
  • Ngā Toi (arts)
  • Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia (performing arts)
  • Ngā toi Ataata (visual arts)
  • Ngā toi Puoro (music)
  • Tikanga ā-Iwi (social science)

creates three combined subjects

  • brings together the comparable subjects of science and pūtaiao, by adding the unique pūtaiao standards and the dual-curricula* education for sustainability standards
  • brings together the comparable subjects of technology and hangarau; and mathematics and pāngarau

* dual-curricula achievement standards are standards whose learning outcomes are drawn from both the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

adds new Level 3 achievement standards to existing approved subjects

  • adds a number of relevant Level 3 unique Te Marautanga o Aotearoa achievement standards to 17 existing approved subjects.

Information on the proposal

Students studying within a kaupapa Māori context will be able to have their achievements fully recognised for University Entrance purposes. Only students on the Māori-medium pathway can be awarded the six unique Te Marautanga o Aotearoa subjects. These students will be undertaking coherent learning programmes which are aligned to the principles and intent of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Proposed new subjects and standards

Proposed combined subjects and associated standards

Proposed additions of standards to approved subjects

Examples of how a student could achieve 14 credits in an approved subject through this proposal (in English and te reo Māori)

Brief English translations of the new TMoA Level 3 achievement standards

Frequently asked questions and answers on the proposal (in English and te reo Māori)


Undertaking learning from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa in a kaupapa Māori context

All students enrolled at a wharekura will, by definition, be undertaking their learning within a kaupapa Māori context.

Some students at some mainstream schools will also be undertaking their learning within a kaupapa Māori context. Under this proposal, these schools will need to advise NZQA which subjects are being delivered in this context and to which students. Until changes can be made to student management systems, this will need to be in the form of an attestation to NZQA. NZQA would then be able to award University Entrance in January 2018 for all eligible Māori-medium students.

Definition of a kaupapa Māori context:

• 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.

The above definition is derived from the Ministry of Education description of kaupapa Māori education.


Your feedback

Now that you have read the proposal, you can provide your views via the survey or in writing to either or to the Deputy Chief Executive, Assessment, NZQA, 125 The Terrace, PO Box 160, Wellington 6015. Submissions close on 26 May 2017.

You can also download and read a PDF of the proposal (PDF, 540KB).

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