NCEA changes

The Minister of Education announced changes to NCEA on 13 May 2019.

There are seven key changes:

  1. Make NCEA more accessible
  2. Mana ōrite mo te mātauranga Māori
  3. Strengthen literacy and numeracy requirements
  4. Have fewer, larger standards
  5. Simplify NCEA’s structure
  6. Show clearer pathways to further education and employment
  7. Keep NCEA Level 1 as an optional level

The immediate change is that families of students studying NCEA courses will no longer have to pay fees to enter NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship. NZQA will waive fees retrospectively and will be working to award credits and qualifications earned in previous years where fees were not paid.

Students will need to submit an online NCEA registration only if they wish to register for externally assessed standards.

The other changes will be more gradual, with further detail to follow. The final change package and implementation plan will go to Cabinet in November 2019.

There will be further conversations about these changes and what they mean for students.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about NCEA fees or registrations at Te Kura, please contact our Qualifications team:

For more information about NCEA changes, please visit the Kōrero Mātauranga/Conversation Education website: NCEA Change Package 2019