How NCEA works - Niuean transcript

Kia ora, hello … This film is designed to help you understand NCEA … the main qualification for secondary school kids in New Zealand.


Fakaalofa lahi atu … Ko e ata nei, taute pauaki ke lagomatai aki a koe ke iloa mo e maama e NCEA … ko e matapatu fakamailoga ma e tau tama aoga tokoluga a Niu Silani.

NCEA stands for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement. And it comes in three levels – cleverly named ... 1, 2 & 3.


Ko e NCEA, moua mai he tau kupu National Certificate of Educational Achievement. Ti moua mai he tolu e veveheaga - kua fakahigoa iloilo ai … 1, 2 mo e 3.

The key ingredients in NCEA are things called standards and credits. One leads to the other.


Ko e tau matapatu valavala he NCEA, ko e tau standards mo e tau credits. Mātutaki atu e taha ke he taha.

With NCEA, there are still important national exams at the end of the year (we sometimes call it external assessment)… but you can also be tested, or assessed, throughout the year – that’s called internal assessment because it happens “in” school.


Fakalataha mo e NCEA, hahā i ai agaia ni e tau kamatamataaga he kautū he fakaotiaga he tau (fa fakahigoa e tautolu he falu magaaho, ko e tau tiviaga mai i fafo)… ka e maeke foki ni a koe ke kamatamata, po ke tivi ai he tau katoa - fakahigoa e tauteaga ia, ko e tiviaga i loto, ha ko e mena taute “i loto” he aoga.

It may sound like a lot more work ... but let’s face it, there are some things you can't test in a sit-down exam – Why just write about a science experiment… when you could do the experiment in the lab and see the real results… Why write about delivering your mihi in te reo Māori when you could do it for real?


Liga logona atu ko e tau gahua loga lahi … ka kua lata ke kitekite ki ai, hahā i ai falu a mena ne nākai maeke ke tivi he kamatamata nofo-ki-lalo - Ko e hā ne tohi ai e tau fakataitaiaga he science … ka e maeke ia koe ke taute ai he fale tivi mo e kitia ai e tau katoatoaaga mooli … Ko e hā ne tohi ai e fakamatalaaga he vagahau Niue ka e maeke ia koe ke taute fakamooli?

With NCEA, subjects are divided up into all the things you need to know – they’re called standards.


Fakalataha mo e NCEA, kua maeke e tau gahua aoga ke vehevehe ke he tau mena kua lata ia koe ke iloa - fakahigoa e tau mena ia ko e tau standards.

Each standard is worth credits – and credits count towards the final qualification.


Fai ola moua e tau standard takitaha - ti totou fakalataha e tau credit ke he fakamailoga he fakaotiaga.

It means that instead of doing a one three-hour exam on the whole subject of English … you could be assessed in separate standards about writing a business letter, analysing a text, making a film, and giving speech… some of these will be tested in an exam at the end of the year ... and some will be assessed during the year.


Ko e kakano, kua nākai tuai taute e taha e kamatamataaga tolu-matahola ke he tau gahua aoga katoatoa he English … maeke a koe ke tivi ai ke he tau standards kehekehe hagaao ke he tohi he tohi pisinisi, fakamaama fakamitaki e kupu tohi, tauteaga he taha ata kifaga, mo e taute e fakamatalaaga … to tivi e falu he tau mena nai he kamatamata he fakaotiaga he tau … ti maeke falu ke tivi he tau katoa. 

To get NCEA, you need to get… enough credits … 80 at each level… At levels 2 and 3, 20 of the 80 credits can be from any level.


Ke moua e NCEA, kua lata a koe ke moua … katoatoa e tau credits … ke he 80 he tau veveheaga takitaha… Hahā i ai he papahi 2 mo e 3, 20 mai he 80 e ola kautū kua maeke ke moua mai he ha papahi ni.

You also need to achieve a minimum number of literacy credits (writing, speaking and listening skills) and numeracy credits (number, measurement and statistical skills) but these can be gained in a large number of different subjects.

Kua lata foki a koe ke moua e numela tokolalo he tau ola kautū he tohitohi, vagahau mo e fakanogonogo, mo e tau ola kautū he tau numela, fuafuaaga mo e tau katoatoaaga, ka e maeke foki e tau makaukau nei ke moua mai he loga he tau gahua aoga kehekehe.

You can build up credits during the year – or even over more than one year – and once you've got credits, they last forever. And you can keep track of how many credits you’re stacking up as you go along.


Maeke a koe ke atihake e tau ola moua he tau katoa - po ke mai he tau tau loga atu he taha - ti ka moua e koe e tau credits ia, to tūmau ai ke he tukulagi. Ti maeke a koe ke fakamau e katoatoa he tau credits ne atihake e koe mai he tau gahua he tau .

When you get your results, you’ll know how many credits you’ve got – but your results tell you a lot more than just – “NCEA level 1, passed”.


Ka moua e tau katoatoaaga haau, to iloa ai e koe ko e fiha e credit haau ne moua - ka e talaatu foki he tau katoatoaaga ia haau loga atu foki mai he “NCEA level 1, passed”.

When you login to view your results for each standard a letter will appear next to each one - N, A, M, E.


Ka mātutaki mai a koe ke kitia e tau ola katoatoa haau he taha e veveheaga  to fakakite e atu e matatohi he tapa he taha - N, A, M, E.

They stand for Not Achieved, Achieved, Merit, and Excellence. You can probably guess what Not Achieved means ... Achieved, Merit and Excellence tell you how well you did in reaching the standard.


Fakakite he tau matatohi ia e Not Achieved, Achieved, Merit, mo e Excellence. Liga maeke i a koe ke talahau manatu e kakano he Not Achieved … ko e Achieved, Merit mo e Excellence ke kitia ai e koe e mitaki he tau gahua haau ke moua aki e standard ia.

The thing to remember is that these days - E – is for Excellence! It might pay to let your parents know that – when they were at school, if you got an E it was bad news…


Ko e mena kua lata ke manatu he tau aho nei - E - mae Excellence! Liga kua lata i a koe ke talaage ke he tau mamatua haau e kakano ia - ha ko e vahā ne hahā i ai a laua he aoga, ka moua e E, ko e tala nākai mitaki lahi a ia …

You won't get more credits for getting Merits and Excellences but there are good reasons for or Excellences but there are good reasons for aiming high.


To nākai moua e koe loga atu e tau credits ha kua moua e Merits po ke Excellences, ka e hahā i ai e tau kakano mitaki ke onoono ki luga.

If you get enough credits with Merits or Excellences - 50 to be exact - you'll get Merit or Excellence included in your NCEA qualification - it's called an endorsement … and everyone will know how well you've done.


Kaeke ke moua e koe loga e credits  fakalataha mo e Merits po ke Excellences - 50 ke tonuhia - to moua e koe e Merit po ke Excellence ke lalafi atu ke he fakamailoga NCEA haau - fakahigoa e lalafiaga nei ko e fakamooliaga … to iloa ai foki he tau tagata oti e mitaki he tau gahua haau.

That will tell people you mean business… It's a good reason to keep aiming for merits and excellences, even after you've reached 80 credits.


To fakailoa ai ke he tau tagata ko koe ko e tagata gahua mo e fakamooli … Ko e kakano mitaki lahi ke lali tumau a koe ke he tau mitaki (merits) mo e tau mitaki lahi (excellences), pete ni he mole atu e moua e koe 80 e ola kautū.

Merits and Excellences can also be useful if you're doing well in particular courses or subjects.

Aoga foki e tau Merits mo e tau Excellences kaeke kua mitaki e tau gahua haau ke he falu a fakaholoaga po ke falu a gahua aoga.

Course Endorsement tells people you are especially good at a particular subject or course.


Fakakite he fakamooliaga he fakaholoaga gahua aoga ke he tau tagata, e mitaki he tau gahua haau ke he falu a gahua aoga po ke fakaholoaga.

If you get 14 credits with Excellence in a particular course … say maths, or music … you will have that course endorsed with Excellence.


Kaeke ke moua e koe 14 e credits fakalataha mo e Excellence mai he taha fakaholoaga mailoga … tuga e numela po ke leo fakatagi … to hahā i ai e fakamooliaga Excellence ke he fakaholoaga ia haau.

Anyone who reads your results will see you’ve done particularly well at maths, or music… or even both.


Ko e ha tagata ni ka totou e tau katoatoaaga haau ka kitia kua mahomo atu ki mua e tau gahua haau ke he numela, po ke leo fakatagi … po ke fakalataha mai ni he tau gahua ua ia.

That will come in handy when you’re showing results to people after you’ve left school – for work or going somewhere else to study.


To aoga lahi e tau katoatoaaga mitaki ia ka fakakite age e koe ke he tau tagata he tau magaaho ka toka ai e koe e aoga - ke moua taha gahua po ke fano ke he taha aoga foki ke fakaako.

Vocational Pathways are another way you can show what you’ve learnt. They also suggest the types of study options and job opportunities that you may be interested in looking into. 


Ko e Tau Puhala Moua Gahua (Vocational Pathways) e taha puhala ke fakakite ai e tau malolo fakaako kua moua e koe. Fakatonutonu foki ke he tau faga fakaakoaga mo e tau pū gahua kua ligaliga lata po ke manako a koe ki ai.


You get a Vocational Pathways Award when you’ve completed one of the six industry pathways.

To moua e koe e Fakamailoga Puhala Moua Gahua ka katoatoa e taha mai he ono e puhala gahua.

You can get more than on Vocational Pathway Award- neat eh!

Kua maeke a koe ke moua loga atu he taha e Fakamailoga Puhala Moua Gahua - homo ka!

You can use Vocational Pathways to show how your achievement relates to the learning or skills employers are looking for.

Maeke a koe ke fakaaoga e Tau Puhala Moua Gahua ke fakakite aki e fetataiaki he tau malolo fakaako haau mo e tau lotomatala po ke tau makaukau ne manako e tau takitaki gahua ki ai.

Your time at secondary school is bit like a journey … it might start off feeling like you’re in a foreign land but you soon start becoming more familiar with the territory. And you'll want to explore new places and ideas…


Ko e tau magaaho haau he aoga tokoluga, kua tatai ni mo e fano fenoga …liga kamata mo e manamanatuaga tuga ko koe ha he taha motu kehe, ka e mafiti lahi ke logona e totoka mo e mafanatia ke he tau kalakala he motu. Ti manako foki a koe ke fakataitai e tau kalakala mo e tau manako foou…

Just like any journey … it helps to have an idea where you want to go - and a map - so you can plan how to get there. You want to know the subjects you're studying are taking you in the right direction. Getting as many credits as you can is great – but it's important to think about what subjects you’re getting credits in.


Tuga ni e ha fenoga … lagomatai lahi kaeke kua fai maamaaga a koe ke he mena kua manako a koe ke fano ki ai - mo e taha mepe - ke maeke i a koe ke fakatokatoka e tau puhala ke hoko atu ki ai. Kua manako foki a koe ke iloa ko e tau gahua aoga ne fae fakaako a koe ki ai kua tonu mo e hako ke he puhala ne manako a koe ki ai. Mitaki lahi ke moua loga e tau credits - ka e uhoaki foki ke manamanatu ke he tau gahua aoga ne moua mai ai.

If you’re aiming for a job or university course, you need to get credits in the standards that will be useful to employers or that the university will expect to see in your results. Make sure you’re on the right path.


Kaeke kua onoono atu a koe ke he taha gahua po ke fakaholoaga he aoga pulotu, kua lata ke moua e koe e tau credits kua aoga ke he tau tagata takitaki gahua po ke aoga pulotu kua amaamanaki ke kitia e tau katoatoaaga haau. Lali ke iloa kua fenoga atu a koe he puhala hako.

And remember - just because you’ve got University Entrance doesn’t mean you can just turn up for any university course you like. These days Universities want to see lots of Es in your results. Another good reason for aiming high.


Ti manatu - pete ni he moua e koe e Fakaatāaga ke he Aoga Pulotu, nākai pehē e mena ia kua maeke a koe ke finatu ke taute ha fakaholoaga aoga pulotu ni ne manako a koe ki ai. Ko e tau aho nei, manako e tau aoga pulotu ke kitia loga e tau Excellence he tau katoatoaaga haau. Ko e taha kakano mitaki foki ni a nai ke onoono ki luga tumau.

So – a couple of important things to remember.


Ko e mena ia - ua la e mena mahuiga ke manatu.

Make sure the standards you are studying are going to give you the results you need to do what you want to do when you leave school.


Kia lali ke iloa tonu, ko e tau standards ne fae fakaako a koe kiai ke moua ai e tau katoatoaaga kua lata ke taute aki e tau mena kua manako a koe ke taute ka oti mai he aoga.

And make sure you’re getting your best possible results – as many Excellences or Merits as possible.


Ti lali ke iloa tonu kua moua e koe e tau katoatoaaga kua tū tonuhia ke he haau a tau gahua - ke he loga mo loga e tau Excellence mo e tau Merit kua maeke ia koe.

If you’ve got questions, talk to the experts: Ask your teachers, go to the NZQA website – - or phone NZQA on 0800 697 296

Kaeke kua fai hūhū a koe, fakatūtala ke he tau pulotu: Hūhū ke he tau faiaoga haau, fano ke he kupega-hila he NZQA - po ke hea atu e NZQA he 0800 697 296.

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