Ministry of Education director of finance Anthony Turua (right) gratefully accepts 56 boxes of plain photocopy paper from HSBC general manager Taki Anaru, which are destined for all schools across the southern group islands of the Cooks.

The NCEA endorsement report details the Merit and Excellence endorsements that have been awarded to students who consistently perform above the ‘Achieved’ level in NCEA Level One, Two and Three for 2012. These can be awarded at either a certificate or individual course level.

A large number of merit course endorsements were received at schools across the country, with many of these achieved in the subject of Cook Islands Maori, including at Araura College and Enuamanu College.

Tereora College showed stand out results in Cook Island Maori, receiving seven Merits and eleven Excellences for Level One, six Merits and five Excellences for Level Two, and eight Merits and two Excellences for Level Three. Other subject areas which achieved well across the three levels were Physical Education, Art, Mathematics and English.

At Nukutere College, Level One Religious Education course received both Merit and Excellence endorsements.

Of importance is also a number of certificate endorsements that were received. These are awarded based on the students’ overall performance in all subjects, needing 50 credits at a Merit or Excellence level, making them much harder to achieve.

Araura College, Nukutere College, Titikaveka College and Tereora College all received certificate endorsements, with Nukutere and Tereora College receiving Excellences.

Sharyn Paio, Secretary of Education, says that university entrance results are in the post, with results to be released later in the week.