How NCEA works - Tongan transcript

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

 

Mālō e lelei – ko e fakahinohino eni ke mahino atu ‘a e NCEA..  ‘a e faka’ilonga ako angamaheni  ‘a e fānau ako ‘i Nu’usila.

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

 

Ko e NCEA ko e National Certificate of Education Achievement.  ‘Oku fai ia ‘aki ‘a e lēvolo ‘e 3  - ko e ‘uluaki, ua mo e tolu.

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

 

Ko e kakano pe uho ‘o e NCEA ‘oku ui ko e ‘standards’ pea mo e ‘credit’ .  ‘Oku fuofua ma’u e standard pea  ma’u mei ai ‘a e credit.

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.

 

‘I he founga NCEA ‘oku kei fai pe foki ‘a e sivi fakakātoa he ‘osi ‘a e ta’u ako (‘a ia ‘oku maaka ia ‘e he kau faisivi mavahe).. ka ‘e kei lava pe sivi’i pe vakai’i ho’o ngaahi lēsoni lolotonga ‘a e ta’u – pea ko e sivi mo e vakai’i eni ‘i he ‘apiako takitaha.

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 write about delivering your mihi in te reo Māori when you could do it for real? Why just write about a science experiment when you could do the experiment in the lab and see the real results?

‘E ha ko ha ngāue eni ‘oku lahi – ka ko hono mo’oni ‘oku ‘i ai e ngaahi me’a ‘e ‘ikai lava ke sivi’aki ha’o tangutu hifo ‘i ha sivi.  Ko e hā ‘oku te toe fakamatala’i tohi ai ha fekumi saienisi hili ia ‘e sai ange ke ke fai ‘a e fakatotolo he loki saienisi ‘o ke sio ai ki hono ola.  Ko e hā  ‘oku ke toe tohi fakamatala’i  ai hono fai ha’o lea faka-Mauli?  Sai ange ke ke tu’u ‘o fai e lea.

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

 

Ko e ngaahi lēsoni NCEA kuo ‘osi vahevahe ia ki he ngaahi me’a ‘oku tonu ke ke ‘ilo – ‘o ui ia ko e standards.

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

 

Ko e standard takitaha ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a hono ngaahi poini pe credit – pea ‘oku tānaki kotoa e credit ke ma’u ai ho’o tohi fakamo’oni ako.

It means that instead of doing a 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.

 

‘Oku liliu leva mei hono fai ha fo’i sivi houa 3 ‘e taha ‘o e lēsoni ‘Ingilisi … ke sivi’i e ngaahi standard ‘o e konga kehekehe ‘o e lēsoni ‘Inigilisi ‘o hangē ko e fai tohi faka-pisinisi, vete mo faka’uhinga’i ha fakamatala,  fa’u ha fo’i filimi mo tu’u ‘o fai ha’o lea … pea ko e ni’ihi e ngaahi me’a ni ‘e sivi’i he ‘osi e ta’u ako… pea ni’ihi ‘oku sivi’i pe ia lolotonga ‘a e ta’u.

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.

 

Ko hono ma’u ‘o e NCEA ‘oku makatu’unga ia ‘i he lahi ‘o e credit … ‘a ia ko e taki 80 ki he lēvolo takitaha.  ‘I he lēvolo 2 mo e 3, ko e credit ‘e 20 mei he 80 ‘oku fiema’u ‘e lava ke ma’u ia mei ha fa’ahinga lēvolo pē.

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.

‘E fiema’u foki ke ke a’usia ‘a e tu’unga mā'olunga mo e credit ke ma’u ‘i he tohi, lea mo e fakaongo pea pehē foki mo e fika, fua pea mo e fakafuofua – ka ‘e lava ke ma’u eni ‘i ho’o lava’i e ngaahi lēsoni 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 – through your login or on the NCEA Student App.

 

‘Oku lava ke tātānaki ho’o credit lolotonga e ta’u – pea lava ke toe lahi ange kapau ‘e fakalaka atu he ta’u ‘e 1 – pea ko ho’o ma’u pe ia ‘e ‘ikai lava ke to’o pe fakafoki.   ‘O lava ai ke ke ‘ilo mo vakai’i  pe ke toe lahi ange ‘a e credit te ke ma’u mo tānaki ki ai – ‘o ngāue’aki ‘a e hū’anga ope pē ko ha’o ngāue’aki ‘a e Student App ‘a e NCEA.

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”.

 

‘I he ma’u atu ‘a e ola ‘o ho’o ngāue ‘e fai he ta’u – te ke ‘ilo ai ‘a e lahi ‘o e credit kuo ke ‘osi ma’u – ka ‘e ‘ikai ngata pe ‘i ho’o ‘ilo kuo ke lava’i ‘a e NCEA lēvolo ‘uluaki.

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

 

‘I ho’o hū atu he ope ‘o vakai’i ‘a e ola ‘o ho’o ngāue na’e fai ‘i he standard takitaha,  ‘e ha ai ‘a mo e taha ‘o e mata’i tohi ko’eni – N, A, M mo e 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.

 

Ko e N ko e Not Achieved, A ko e Achieved, M ko e Merit pea Excellence leva ‘a e E.  ‘Osi mahino pe ‘a e Not Achieved ka ko e Achieved, Merit mo e Excellence ko e ngaahi tu’unga kehekehe ia na’a ke a’usia ‘i he standard koia.

One 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 me’a ke manatu’i he ngaahi ‘aho ni ko e E ia ko e Excellence pea ke tala ke ‘ilo ‘e ho’o matu’a he ko e E he taimi na’a nau ako ai na’e mahino ia na’e ‘ikai ke sai.

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

 

‘E ‘ikai ke toe fakalahi atu e credit ‘e ma’u koe’uhi ko ho’o a’usia ‘a e Merit mo e Excellence ka ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e me’a matu’aki mahu’inga ‘i ho’o feinga’i e lava mā'olunga koia.

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 Certificate Endorsement … and everyone will know how well you've done.

 

Kapau ‘e lahi ‘a e Merit mo e Excellence te ke ma’u – ‘o a’u ‘o 50 – ‘e fakakau atu leva ‘a e Merit mo Excellence ‘i ho’o tohi fakamo’oni ako NCEA pea ‘e ui ia ko e Endorsement … ‘o ‘ilo’i ai ‘a e toe lelei ange ‘a e tu’unga na’a ke a’usia.

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.

 

‘E mahino ai ki he taha kotoa pe ‘a ho’o feinga fakamaatoato… Koia ai feinga ma’u pe ke toe fakalahi mai ‘a e ngaahi Lava Merit mo e Excellence ‘e ma’u, neongo kuo ke ‘osi a’usia ‘a e credit ‘e 80.

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

Pea ‘e ‘aonga ‘aupito ‘a e Merit mo e Excellence kapau ‘oku ‘i ai ha ngaahi lēsoni ‘oku ke lava’i lelei.

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

 

Ko hono ma’u mo e Endorsement ko e fakahā ia ke mahino ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e ngaahi lēsoni na’a ke fu’u a’usia lelei mo’oni.

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

 

Kapau te ke ma’u ha credit ‘e 14 mo ha Excellence ‘i ha lēsoni … hangē ko e fika pe ko e musika .. ‘e faka’ilonga’i leva kuo ke a’usia ‘a e lēsoni koia ‘aki ‘a e Excellence.

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

 

Pea ka sio ha taha ‘i ho’o tohi fakamo’oni ako ‘e ha ai na’a ke a’usia mā'olunga ‘a e Fika pe Musika pe fakatou’osi.

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.

 

Pea ‘e toe ‘aonga eni he taimi ‘e fiema’u ai ke sio ki ho’o tohi fakamo’oni ako ‘i ha’o nofo – tautefito ki he feinga ngāue pe ke toe hoko atu ‘a ho’o ako ‘i ha feitu’u kehe.

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 Vocational Pathway ko e founga mo ia ‘e taha ke fakamahino ai ‘a e ngaahi me’a kuo ke ‘osi ako. ‘E mahino mei ai ‘a e ngaahi faingamālie fakaako mo e lakanga ngāue ‘e lava ke ke fai.

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

‘E ma’u ‘a ho faka’ilonga Vocational Pathways Award hili ha’o fakakakato ‘o ha taha ‘o e ngaahi halanga ako ‘e 6 ‘o e ngaahi ngāue’anga.

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

 

‘E lava foki ke toe lahi ange ‘a e ngaahi faka’ilonga Vocational Pathway te ke lava ‘o ma’u.  Tika ‘aupito…

 

 

 

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

‘E lava ke ke ngāue’aki ‘a e Vocational Pathways ke fakamahino ‘a e fekau’aki lelei ‘o e ngaahi me’a kuo ke lava’i pea mo e ngaahi fiema’u ‘a e ngaahi ngāue’anga.

 

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 ho’o ‘i he ngaahi kolisi ‘oku hangē ha’o fononga ‘o tu’uta ha fonua fo’ou..  ‘o kamata’aki ‘a ho’o ongo’i fo’ofo’ou ‘o faka’au pe ke ke taukei ange. Pea te ke fie hoko atu ‘o sio mo fie’ilo ki ha ngaahi feitu’u mo ha fakakaukau fo’ou ange

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.

 

Pea hangē pe ko e fononga.. ‘oku tonu ke ke ‘ilo pe ko ho’o fononga atu ki fē – pea ke ‘i ai mo ha mape ke tokoni ke ke a’usia e feitu’u ‘oku ke fie ‘alu ki ai.  ‘Oku tonu ke ke ‘ilo ko e ngaahi lēsoni ‘oku ke ako ‘e lava ke ne ‘ave koe ki he kaha’u ‘oku ke fiema’u.  Sai ‘a hono ma’u ke lahi e credit – ka ‘oku mahu’inga mo e ngaahi lēsoni ‘oku ma’u mei ai ‘a e credit takitaha.

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.

 

Kapau ko ho’o taumu’a ko ha ngāue pe ko ho’o hoko atu ki he ‘univesiti, ‘e fiema’u ke ke ma’u credit ‘i he ngaahi standard ‘e ‘aonga ki he sio ‘a e ngāue’anga pe ko e ‘univesiti.   Fakapapau’i ‘oku tonu ‘a e hala ‘oku ke foua.

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.

 

Pea ke manatu’i – neongo ‘a ho’o lava’i ‘a e hū ki be ‘univesiti, ‘oku ‘ikai ke ‘uhinga eni ia te ke hū atu ki ai ‘o fai ha fa’ahinga lēsoni ‘oku ke fie fai.  ‘I he ngaahi ‘aho ni ‘oku fiema’u ia ke lahi ‘a e ‘asi ‘a e E ‘i ho’o tohi fakamo’oni ako.  Ko hono sai ia ‘o e hiki’i hake ‘a ho’o taumu’a ako ki ‘olunga foki.

So – a couple of important things to remember.

 

Koia ko e ongo me’a mahu’inga ke ke manatu’i.

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

 

Fakapapau’i ko e standard ‘oku ke ako ai ‘e lava ke ma’u ai ‘a e ola koia ke lava ‘o fai e me’a ‘oku ke fiema’u ‘i ho’o nofo atu mei he ako.

Because NCEA is recognised internationally it means you can study at an overseas university.

Koe’uhi ko e NCEA ko e faka’ilonga ako ‘oku tali fakavaha’apule’anga, ‘e lava ai ke ke hū ‘o ako ‘i ha ‘univesiti ‘i ha fonua muli.

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

 

Pea ke feinga ke ke a’usia ‘a e mā'olunga taha te ke lava’i – pea ki he lahi taha ‘o e Excellence mo e Merit te ke ala ma’u.

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

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