New Zealand seeks to arrest education decline among developed nations


WELLINGTON, Sept. 26 — New Zealand will be seeking ways to halt its decline in the rankings for education among developed nations when Education Minister Hekia Parata attends the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) Education Ministers meeting in Turkey next week.
The meeting on Oct. 2 and 3 in Istanbul on “Fostering Relevant Skills and Employability through Education” was expected to draw more than 30 ministers, Parata said in statement Thursday.
“This is a forum to share good practice and discuss challenges faced by leading education systems across the world,” said Parata.
“New Zealand’s education system is performing less and less well next to other OECD countries. We must increase our system performance and increase the equity in the system as the benefits to the students themselves and to the economy are significant,” she said.
“Raising our performance means focusing more determinedly on a system level shift to deliver for all. While our system produces some of the best students in the world, it also produces some of the least successful.”
Parata had been asked to chair two sessions on “How can the education system develop relevant skills and competencies?” and ” What can education ministers do to achieve a better match between the supply and demand for skills?”
“It is an opportunity to discuss the key findings of the OECD Survey of Adult Skills, a survey in which New Zealand will participate in the near future,” she said.
“This is also a timely opportunity to showcase New Zealand as the host country for the International Summit on the Teaching Profession (Summit) next year in March.”
Parata first travel to France to meet with his French counterpart Vincent Peillon and to sign an agreement of cooperation between the countries’ education ministries.[db:内容2]