$69m upgrade for online learning

A $69 million online learning package announced by the Government today will upgrade schools’ digital networks, improve online security and ensure the ongoing integrity of NCEA Online exams.

The package is expected to help break down some of the barriers schools face to offering online exams by offering schools network upgrades, ICT and cyber security support, and digital identities secondary school students can use to access NCEA Online.

A $49 million expansion of the Te Mana Tūhono programme will offer all state and state-integrated schools the opportunity to upgrade their network hardware by 2024, and will expand the programme to offer cybersecurity support. You can find out more about this on the Te Mana Tūhono webpage.

This will give schools confidence they can offer their students a safe and secure online environment to take their NCEA exams online.

The Government is also investing $20 million over four years on digital identities for secondary students. This will enable them to access digital practice exams, to sit NCEA exams online and to check their NCEA results when they are released.

This will help reduce students’ stress around exam time, reduce the administration schools need to do to manage logons, and ensure the ongoing integrity of digital NCEA exams as more students take online exams.

This will make it easier for students to sit their exams securely online and will reduce the amount of work schools need to do to offer NCEA Online.

You can find out more about this package on the Beehive website.

Minister's press release on the Beehive website(external link)

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