Tue 9 Oct 2018

Maori completion rates

Māori course completion rates are continuing to track well above 2016 figures at WITT, but continue to pose a challenge.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi WITT has continued to target lifting Māori completion rates in a bid to close the gap between Māori and non-Māori learners.   As a result of the efforts of staff across the institute, there has been an upward trend in these figures since 2016. 

At the end of Semester 1 this year Māori completion rates were 66%, compared to 69.6% for the whole of 2017 and 60.2% for 2016.

Three courses which fell below the benchmark were reviewed and will be offered again in Semester 2 alongside close monitoring and tracking of learner progress. 

Non-Māori completion rates for Semester 1 this year were 83%, on a par with 2017 figures, and almost 10% up on  2016.  While the completion rates for non-Māori learners are a positive reflection on the teaching and learning taking place at WITT, they also highlight the room for improvement when it comes to our Māori learners. 

According to WITT Kaiārahi Ken Taiapa there is much to celebrate with the upward trend in Māori completion rates.  He believes this is in part a reflection of the commitment of all staff to be better engaged with Māori cultural values and being more proactive when they needed help with Māori learners or the use of cultural concepts.   He states, “There is no one silver bullet when it comes to ensuring Māori learner success, it’s a complex kaupapa that requires a range of solutions.  Our tupuna had solutions for these kinds of complexities: Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi – with my food basket and your food basket the people will be sustained”. 

Data just released by WITT’s Academic Director Nita Hutchinson shows 10 of 26 programmes with Māori learners recorded results above the benchmark of 76% completions.

Of the 16 programmes below the benchmark, two were within 6%.

She acknowledged parity of success remained a challenge, as only nine of 26 programmes with Māori learners show completions equal to or above completions for non-Māori.

Overall, while Education Performance Indicators were not tracking at the same levels as year-end 2017, the teams were working hard to ensure all supports were in place to support learners and move completions to at-or-above benchmark levels, she added.

The three programmes where course completions were well below the benchmark are being offered again in semester 2. They are the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2), New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4).

Nita Hutchinson said the programmes were being monitored carefully and a number of improvements had already been implemented, such as additional learning support and continuity of tutor.

“We would expect to see improved results in the second offering of each of these programmes this year.”