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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey welcomes news that more 18 year old students in Waimakariri electorate are achieving their NCEA Level 2 or equivalent qualification.

In 2015, 84.1 percent of 18 year olds in Waimakariri electorate achieved NCEA Level 2, an improvement of 1.5 per cent from 2014, according to Public Achievement Information (PAI) figures made available this week.

“This is close to Government’s target of 85 percent for 2017 and is ahead of the national achievement level for 2015 of 83.3 percent,” Doocey said.

As a young father, Doocey said it was good to hear that 98.2 per cent of new school entrants had participated in early childhood education and he said he would like to see every child start school with a solid foundation.

“We know that early learning helps children do better at school, building on their language skills and teaching them maths concepts, and setting them on a journey as life-long learners. By improving our early childhood rates, we improve on the number of our young people leaving school with their NCEA qualification. Not only is this good for our young people but their families and our community,” Doocey said.

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