The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the New Zealand government department tasked with providing national and international leadership in assessment and qualifications. The NZQA quality assure secondary and tertiary qualifications and education providers, evaluate overseas qualifications and administer the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications and the National Qualifications Framework, including the NCEA and the New Zealand Scholarship. The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealands official secondary school qualification normally offered to senior high school studentsâ Year 11 through to Year 13. ... From 2004, the New Zealand Scholarship is New Zealands highest secondary school leaving qualification gained at the end of Year 13, and is an undergraduate award for study at any New Zealand university. ...
It is a "Crown Entity" established under the section 248 of the Education Act 1989. In July 1990 it took over the work of the former Universities Entrance Board, the Ministry of Education's examinations, the Trades Certification Board and the Authority for Advanced Vocational Awards. The Ministry of Education (Māori - Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga) is the primary state sector organisation of New Zealand charged with aspects of New Zealands education system. ...
NZQA is funded from the central government as well as fees, with the budget being about $70 million each year.
In 2005 the Authority's Chairman and CEO resigned after a State Services Commission into the 2004 New Zealand Scholarship exams. In the physics exams only 39 out of 1,012 students who sat the exam received a scholarship while in English the result was 228 out of 587. This, and the state of the Authority as a whole at that time, was described by media as a "debacle".  2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... From 2004, the New Zealand Scholarship is New Zealands highest secondary school leaving qualification gained at the end of Year 13, and is an undergraduate award for study at any New Zealand university. ...
The warning comes in the NZQA's briefing to incoming Education Minister Steve Maharey and follows a year in which it was the subject of three independent reviews and one internal review.
The reputation of the NZQA and the credibility of the NCEA and Scholarship had been damaged, with many parents, employers and members of the public lacking confidence in the qualifications, Ms Sewell said.
"NZQA is a small, specialised agency which employs many people from the education sector who are committed to their calling, come to the agency to make a contribution and then move on to other parts of the education sector," she said in a statement.
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