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NZ to compete for foreign students

New Zealand has announced a multi-million dollar marketing drive to attract more foreign students to its Univesities.

Tertiary Education Minister, Steven Joyce, said the NZ government had committed NZ$40 million in its new budget to promote New Zealand as a destination for foreign students, with an emphasis on key markets such as China, India, Southeast Asia and South America. Placing it in direct competition with Australia.

New Zealand has eight Universities with almost 100,000 overseas students enrolling into its tertiary institutions last year. These students directly support about 32,000 jobs and contribute NZ$2 billion to the economy.

Minister Steven Joyce said the governments’s goal was to more than double the international education sector by 2025.


NAPLAN tests too hard for teachers

MANY teachers do not know how to use data provided by annual assessments of their pupils’ literacy and numeracy ability, despite often criticising the tests themselves, a new report has found.

The report, from the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee also said teachers need more training to help understand the basics of English and mathematics taught in primary schools.

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