Current trends in economics enrolments at secondary and tertiary level
New Zealand Economic Papers, 2015, vol. 49, issue 1, 33-43
The number of students studying economics in New Zealand secondary schools and universities has declined sharply in recent years. The introduction of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), which resulted in a far wider choice of subjects mirrored the experience in Australian schools in the 1990s when a range of more vocational subjects were introduced. Of immediate concern for economics departments around New Zealand is the recent introduction of business studies NCEA achievement standards in secondary schools. If the New Zealand experience mirrors that of the Australian experience, the introduction of business studies into secondary schools will lead to a substantive decrease in the number of students studying economics at the tertiary level.
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