CensusAtSchool 2021 starts today

(Last Updated On: May 10, 2021)

CensusAtSchool New Zealand – TataurangaKiTeKura Aotearoa celebrates the launch of its 10th biennial survey today. As always, it will give an intriguing glimpse into school children’s lives.

Thousands of primary, intermediate, and secondary school students around the country will share their views on issues as wide-ranging as climate change, the amount of time they spend on digital devices, where young people get their news from, and how they felt about lockdown learning. Senior students will be asked to also share their own attitudes to when they think it should be legal to drive, vote, buy alcohol, and vape.

“We’re passionate about getting real, relevant data about New Zealand students into their hands so that they can grow their data science superpower skills,” said Co-director Rachel Cunliffe.

Supervised by teachers, students from years 3-13 anonymously answer questions in English or te reo Māori on digital devices. Some questions involve practical activities such as measuring the length of their feet and weighing their laden school bags.

The 10th biennial edition of CensusAtSchool is expected to have the highest number of schools, teachers, and students participating. More than 30,000 schoolchildren are expected to participate in CensusAtSchool this year. As of launch this morning, approximately 1,800 teachers from almost 1,000 schools had already registered – the highest figures ever.

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