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Catholic Students call for NZQA to become Transparent and Commit to an Environmental Timeline

Catholic Students call for NZQA to become Transparent and Commit to an Environmental Timeline

"The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations"- Pope Saint John Paul II (Laudato Si).

We commend the efforts of NZQA in moving towards a more sustainable model regarding the packaging of external exams and want to encourage further steps. Our petition asks NZQA to,

- Commit to a clear and transparent timeline for the implementation of the sustainable practise they have outlined including moving to biodegradable plastic wrap.

- Publish their timeline for change and policies around sustainability in an easily accessible place on their website

- Consider new policies that can help to ensure that examination centres have all the resources they need in order to discard their ‘biodegradable’ plastic wraps according to NZQA policy in the future.

We want your voice to help us influence change, have your say and fill out our petition.

Why is this important?

Every year, over 256,000 students sit end of year external exams. On average, if each student were to sit four examination subjects, over 556,000 plastic exam coverslips would be wasted. Despite the fact that NZQA's plastic flow-wraps are biodegradable, research shows these biodegradable plastics can only biodegrade when in the correct UV light and temperature conditions, and often these plastics do not end up in the correct place upon disposal. By ensuring that examination centres and schools receive transparent information regarding correct disposal, we can make sure that these plastics are being disposed of correctly.

We would like to have our student community across New Zealand follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis who is currently pushing for all individuals to act as stewards for the environment. In order to do so, we would like to send NZQA a message from the Catholic Schools of Auckland, and the wider community to become more transparent, to commit to a timeline, and to communicate better with schools and examination centres.

How it will be delivered

We plan to deliver this petition alongside student feedback at a meeting held with NZQA. We believe delivering the petition in person will have more of an impact on such a large organization such an NZQA.


Reasons for signing

  • I signed it because we need more people to help out :3


2019-10-01 08:09:58 +1300

100 signatures reached

2019-08-26 09:35:19 +1200

23 AUGUST 2019:
NZQA has announced that in the upcoming exam period they will continue using 100% recyclable plastic for all examinations. NZQA has spoken in a statement, showing transparency:

"NZQA is also committed to providing an alternative, plastic-free, way of returning marked examination papers to students in the future."

See Full Statement Here:

While NZQA has shown great transparency and commitment to the issue, we would still love to see your support and would encourage you to continue using your voice to push NZQA towards committing to a specific date for further changes.

2019-08-07 21:50:23 +1200

50 signatures reached

2019-08-06 12:49:04 +1200

25 signatures reached

2019-08-06 10:43:19 +1200

10 signatures reached