Darfield student selected for youth advisory group

Darfield High School student Kate Morris

A Darfield High School student will represent youth on the national stage in a bid to improve the education system.

Kate Morris, 16, is one of 12 students from around the country selected to take part in a new Ministerial Youth Advisory Group.

More than 300 students applied with the top applicants chosen by Labour education minister Chris Hipkins.

The group aims to give students aged between 14 to 18 the opportunity to share their experiences in the education system and to discuss how it can be improved.

Kate said she thought it would be a good opportunity to meet a bunch of like-minded people who want to make a change.

She said she would like to work on improving youth well-being as a result of the bad mental health and suicide rates in Canterbury.

Kate would also like to ensure students are learning modern skills applicable to the world today, and there are equal learning opportunities for students of different genders, races and socio-economical backgrounds.

She said while the NCEA system is not bad by any stretch, improvements could be made.

“Obviously not everyone will suit being assessed in the same way . . . not everyone will do well under the same exam structure,” she said.

She already works to help other students with her role on the school’s student council and has recently taken part in the Limitless Conference.

The conference aims to give students the opportunities to pursue work they are passionate about.

The first induction of the group will be held in Wellington next February with students continuing to meet at the beginning of each school’s term.