Students Behind In Maths Could Earn $320,000 Less


New analysis reveals that young people who are behind in
maths go on to earn significantly less than their peers,
National’s Education spokesperson Erica Stanford

“Every numeracy level attained equates to a
nine per cent increase in future earnings, according to a
report from the Royal Society commissioned by this

“Based on average wages, that is
equivalent to roughly $7,000 per year or $320,000 over a
working life.

“Sadly, recent National Monitoring
Study of Student Achievement data shows that just 42 per
cent of Kiwi students in Year 8 are tracking to the
curriculum level.

“The study also showed that the
achievement of students in low decile schools is a shameful
two and a half years behind their peers in high decile

“A National government will tackle our
falling standards and ensure every student has every
opportunity to succeed and live the life they

National’s plan to Teach the Basics
Brilliantly will:

  • Ensure that primary and
    intermediate students spend an hour on average on reading,
    writing, and maths every day.
  • Set minimum
    requirements for what schools must teach every year in
    reading, writing, maths and science.
  • Implement
    regular standardised assessment and clear reporting to
  • Deliver better training and more tools to
    support teachers with teaching the

“Labour has made nothing but hollow
promises in education. In his five years as Education
Minister, Chris Hipkins presided over falling achievement,
rock-bottom attendance levels, and growing inequalities
between students in low and high-decile

“Education has the power to change lives,
but we won’t lift achievement in New Zealand by continuing
to do the same things that are taking us

“National is committed to ensuring that
80 per cent of children are at or above the expected
curriculum level for their age in reading, writing, maths
and science by

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