Viewport width =
March 4, 2013 | by  | in News |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

Not So Dumb After All

Who’s watching all the sheep?

 

For the first time a majority of New Zealanders have a tertiary qualification, according to a report released by the Ministry of Education in December 2012.

The report, Profiles & Trends 2011: New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Sector, is based on 2011 data which found that the proportion of New Zealanders with a tertiary qualification or higher had increased to 52 per cent as of 2011, up from 50 per cent in 2010.

This continues a general upward trend in New Zealanders gaining qualifications, particularly amongst young people aged 25-34, of whom 30 per cent now have a bachelors degree or higher. The report attributes this to the “very significant increases in access to higher levels of tertiary education from the 1990s.”

A 2012 OECD report on population percentage with tertiary qualifications showed that 46 per cent of New Zealanders aged 25-34 have a tertiary qualification, but this drops to 34 per cent of those aged 55-64.

Minister for Tertiary Education Steven Joyce said in his press release that the report “shows we are making good progress.”

“[The Government is] delivering on our commitment to strengthen and up-skill the New Zealand labour market.”

However, NZUSA doesn’t see the trend as an unqualified success. NZUSA President Pete Hodgkinson said the trend was a combination of ‘credential creep’, “where higher and higher qualifications are required to demonstrate a graduate’s capacity” and ’massification’ of education. Massification refers to a higher number of students in higher-level education.

The Auckland and Wellington regions contain New Zealand’s highest proportions of graduates, each at 80 per cent; the lowest percentage of graduates is tied between Southland and the West Coast, both at 64 per cent.

 

Sophie Boot

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. Your silent cries left unheard
  2. How it Works: On the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill
  3. Is Vic Books Missing Out on the Living Wage Campaign?
  4. Jesus Christ Super-Nah, Saviour’s New Political Party May Need Miracle
  5. Issue 12 – Friendship
  6. SWAT: Friendship Column
  7. Inevitable Entanglement
  8. HOROSCOPE WEEK OF JUNE 3: FRIENDSHIP
  9. Liquid Knowledge: On Israel and Palestine
  10. An Ode to the Aunties

Editor's Pick

Burnt Honey

: First tutorial of the year. When I open the door, I underestimate my strength, thinking it to be all used up in my journey here. It swings open violently and I trip into the room where awkward gazes greet me. Frozen, my legs are lead and I’m stuck on display for too long. My ov