Studious teens will be able to earn NCEA credits in the proposed Environmental Studies course, if the class goes ahead for Tauhara College and Taupō-nui-a-Tia College in 2019.

Tauhara College principal Keith Buntting said many students were passionate about environmental work already.

“The course will give them a chance to continue developing the skills and interests they already have,  as well as their problem-solving skills, in a real-world context.”‘

The course typifies “future-focused education” and will require skills from a number of different subjects, just like the real world, he said.

“It’s not just about the field work – it’s also about web design and all the inputs that go into completing a project like this.

“It is not yet decided which year groups the courses will be targeted at.”

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