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Local MP Barbara Kuriger says parents will be happy to know there is steady improvement in Taranaki-King Country with more children enrolled in Early Childhood Education.

In Taranaki-King Country, there is a 95% participation rate in Early Childhood Education, with a target of 98% in 2016. This coincides with an increase in Māori ECE to 92.5%. 1,217 children started school between April 2014 and March 2015 in this electorate.

“We know the earlier our children get started in education, the better off they will be. The early childhood years are vital to a child’s development and to their future ability to learn so it’s great to see that the vast majority of Kiwi kids are getting the best possible start in life,” Kuriger said.

In Taranaki-King Country, the secondary school achievement for NCEA Level 2 was up almost 2 percentage points to 77.8%, with a goal of 85% in 2017. There are 455 students aged 18 with NCEA Level 2 in Taranaki-King Country.

“The proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 has risen in each of New Zealand’s 16 local body regions.

“The breakdown shows that between 2011 and 2014 the percentage of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 rose by between 3.8 per cent and 18.4 per cent on a regional basis.

“The Government is committed to ensuring all young New Zealanders can achieve educational success and these results show that what we’re doing is working.

“Public Achievement Information gives students, parents, educators, and communities a picture of what is happening both in their area and nationally.

“It helps teachers provide the right support to the right students, and helps schools, employers, and training providers to work out what skills are needed to boost local economic performance.”

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