It is not clear whether the increased visibility of vocational education and training in New Zealand is due to worsening skill shortages and/or to a change in government, but either way it is a discussion worth having. The focus has been on what’s in it for students, and fairly so, given years of praising university education while belittling vocational education. Read more
Former Research Fellow
Martine was a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative working on education policy. Martine was a student success advisor and learning consultant at Massey University, and has published research on migrant and refugee integration in New Zealand. She was also with the New Zealand Aid Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Martine holds a Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with First Class Honours from Massey University.
Score! Transforming NCEA Data (2018)
Amplifying Excellence: Promoting Transparency, Professionalism and Support in Schools (2017)
Fair and Frank: Global insights for managing school performance (2017)
Signal Loss: What we know about school performance (2016)
In The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, Psychologist Barry Schwartz argues that too much choice can hinder rather than support our decision making. That the validity of this theory has been challenged is beside the point. Read more
When my colleague Oliver Hartwich first tried explaining the German school system to me, he might as well have been speaking German. It seemed entirely foreign. Read more
Many of you must remember that ‘oh, shoot, now what?’ feeling you had with your graduation cap in one hand, and a hefty bill in the other. I do. Read more
New Zealand’s education system is designed not to measure performance. How can we tell whether policies intended to boost student performance are successful, or how much academic achievement matters for later life outcomes, if we cannot measure it? Read more
We all want a New Zealand where citizens can enjoy a healthy and prosperous life. But, there is still a long way to go. Read more
New Zealand school principals should add to their skills repertoire: ‘Magician’. In the week leading to the first day of school, leaders were reaching into their hats of creative tricks to fill vacancies. Read more
With a new government comes opportunities to shake up a long-entrenched status quo. Nowhere is this more warranted than in our schooling sector where fundamental aspects need urgent reform. Read more
Our newly sworn-in Government has about 1000 days to deliver on its campaign promises. Fixing the education system will take more time. Read more
New Zealanders are lazy patriots and even worse politicians. In last week’s election, a bit more than a fifth of us held onto our vote and hoped for the best. Read more
On Wednesday evening, Oliver summed up our event à la Casablanca. Thanking our guest speakers, he rightly said ‘I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship’. Read more
Parents lucky enough to be able to choose among different schools weigh up schools’ deciles and NCEA performance. Unfortunately, neither of these necessarily show which would be the right choice for their children. Read more
The final report in our education series on school performance, Amplifying Excellence: Promoting Transparency, Professionalism and Support in Schools, is discussed on Newstalk ZB with report author Martine Udahemuka and Mike Hosking.
Listen to Amplifying Excellence author Martine Udahemuka and President of the PPTA Jack Boyle discuss whether schools should control all of their own funding.
Education Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative, Martine Udahemuka, speaks on The Project about the Initiative's latest education report on school performance, Amplifying Excellence: Promoting Transparency, Professionalism and Support in Schools. Read more