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Carey's Victory Opens the Door for Others

In August, ITI reported on Carey Baptist College�s victory in becoming the first PTE in the country to get permission to teach courses in Mandarin, Qualification Victory for Carey Baptist College

In a recent article by Michelle Nixon in the NZ Education Review (14 Sep), Qualifications Authority chief executive Karen Poutasi said NZQA would consider approving other courses taught in languages apart from English and Maori, but only those that led to provider-based qualifications.

'Courses leading to qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework, however, must be delivered and assessed in either of the official languages, English or Maori, to ensure they remain relevant to the needs of industry.'

She said provider-based qualifications were not part of the NQF but designed by providers to meet the needs of a specific industry or community. They could include unit standards but could also be entirely comprised of provider-developed content 'as is the case with the Carey Baptist College qualification'.

Carey's dean of studies Michael Hanson says that as well as the Chinese immigrant community, a lot of Pacific Island communities would be interested in studying programmes in their native languages. 'I know of other Christian institutions that have desires to offer programmes in other languages.'

Poutasi said the former policy restricting providers to English and Maori was linked to a lack of resources for moderating NQF qualifications in other languages. She said the change in policy was prompted in part by interest from Carey Baptist College.

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