9 Dec 2020

Teachers worried by bad maths and science scores

From Checkpoint, 5:53 pm on 9 December 2020

New Zealand's bad results in an international maths and science test are being blamed on ability-grouping in classrooms and the previous government's national standards in reading, writing and maths.

Scores for New Zealand nine and 13-year-olds fell in the study, with the 13-year-olds recording their worst results ever.

Maths and science specialists say it is worrying and the government says there is a trend of long-term decline.

Here's RNZ education correspondent, John Gerritsen