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NZ school curriculum set for digital shake up

New Zealand education is set for a digital shake up, with Minister of Education Hekia Parata announcing today digital technology is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Parata made the announcement at the NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit in Auckland today.

“This is the first change to the New Zealand Curriculum since its introduction in 2007 and reflects our Government’s commitment to championing 21st century practice in teaching and learning,” says Parata.

“It will ensure that we have an education system that prepares children and young people for a future where digital fluency will be critical for success,” she says.

The decision is an outcome of the Government’s Science and Society Strategic Plan ‘A Nation of Curious Minds: Te Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara’.

“One of the key initiatives of Curious Minds was to review the positioning and content of digital technology within the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa,” Parata says.

“As a result of the review recommendations, digital technology will be included as a strand of the Technology learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum, and as a whenu within the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa,” she explains.

“The information technology sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in New Zealand, with a demand for skilled graduates,” adds Parata.

“This step will support young people to develop skills, confidence and interest in digital technologies and lead them to opportunities across the diverse and growing IT sector.,” she says.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the IT sector to ensure we have a future-focused, world-leading education system.”

From now until the end of 2017, the Government will consult with stakeholders, design new curriculum content, and develop achievement objectives across the whole learner pathway. It will be fully integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa in 2018.

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