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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: Why can’t kiwi kids do maths?


A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

This Episode –  16 February 2021

The RNZ website notes:

Just over four in 10 students are meeting minimum levels in maths.

Just two in 10 are meeting expectations when it comes to science.

So, what’s the problem? Is it to do with the curriculum? The students? Teacher competency? All of the above?

Today on The Detail, Emile Donovan speaks to NZME education reporter Simon Collins, and Remarkables Primary School principal Debbie Dickson, about the steady decline – and how it can be arrested.

According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.

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