This week the Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, had a specific task for me. He wanted me to find out the reasons behind New Zealand’s rapid improvement in the NCEA pass rate over the last five years. The NCEA (The National Certificate of Educational Achievement) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand.
After the release of this year’s much-improved NCEA pass rate, more people have criticised the system of being inflated and not realistic. As such, this week I spent most of my time researching the NCEA system and how it has changed over the years.
On Wednesday, the Initiative welcomed a new researcher to the team by joining for some morning tea cake and pastries. His name is Roger and he is going to help me with my research of the Dutch Standard Cost Model in the coming weeks.
On Saturday night, I finally went down to explore Wellington’s famous Night Market on the busy Cuba Street. To my surprise, the street was buzzing with activity and so vibrant. There was a range of affordable food stalls that sold traditional international food, which I took advantage of. As you roamed around the market, you couldn’t miss the endless entertainment of musicians and people in Halloween costumes.