Local high school student Ben Fraser’s petition to the Minister of Education has reached almost 1100 signatures.
Started on Change.org and over social media, the campaign picked up support after it was featured on media networks including Radio New Zealand, TVNZ Breakfast and Stuff.
The petition calls for greater student engagement in the education system through the appointment of a student to the NZQA Board. This would give students a voice in the future of their assessment system.
“Student voice is paramount in the governance of our education system,” said Ben, 16.
“Young people are the future of our society and the decisions we make today will have the greatest impact on them. By allowing us to share our views on education we can engage with NZQA and the education sector.”
The petition has received broad support from both youth and adults with people signing from Kerikeri in the north to Invercargill in the south.
Some of those who have signed the petition shared their thoughts, commenting “NCEA needs help”, “there should be student voice” and“very important to have students influencing the system”.
“I’ve been inspired by the passion of people around the country. We all believe that young people’s voices matter and that change is needed,” said Ben.
“I’m optimistic that the Minister of Education will listen as the government has a record of supporting youth voice.”
Ben is entering Year 13 and is the deputy chair of the Howick Youth Council.