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NCEA resistance is futile

NCEA Math sense we cannot forge
There is a vast chasm or gorge
We’ll [b]last into exile
‘Resistance is futile’
NCEA Borg Math will not reforge

Alan Grace
8 December 2017

Daily prompt:  Gorge

Exam stress is bad enough without inappropriate questions.
This year the New Zealand NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement ) Level 1 Maths exam (usually sat in Year 11) was claimed to be too tough.

Click on the NCEA tag (on left under heading for this post) for more info or click on
(you may like to try a couple of questions)

See below for an excerpt from an open letter sent to NZQA and NZQA’s response.




Here is an article that appeared in the NZ Herald on 5 December on p A12:


An open letter was sent to NZQA. Here is an excerpt:


Below is the response from NCEA:



Jalvis Quotes

Paperworks and all the lessons
Sharpened my mind to behold
more and more of that useless knowledge
We would probably never use.

Tests are bad enough.
Marks at the corner teach
us nothing but jealousy.
The adults compare and
judge as much as they want to
And screamed and shouted
cried and muttered.

Exams are anything but better.
You got stuck in a room
by the tension.
by the
hot headed determination
to strive for the stars.
Inhumanly high.
This isn’t hollywood movies
Nothing like the literature essays
‘how do we create tension’
the subjects
hold your fate
but you did once told yourself
‘I have no life’

So what are we doing here?
Wasting our days
on something so terribly useless.
Insignificant lectures when we know
Accountants hated maths.
Doctors hated biology.
but they are who they are because of
good results.
They will realize
no teachers…

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3 Comments Add yours

    1. AlanGraceNZ says:

      Thank you 🙂 Exam Alert is not my own work.


      1. Good though and glad you shared.

        Liked by 1 person

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