Senior students in Auckland will get bonus NCEA credits after spending weeks longer out of the classroom than their peers around the country due to Covid-19 lockdowns, Stuff reports. The threshold for receiving a merit or excellence NCEA certificate will also be lowered from 46 to 44 credits. Education Minister Chris Hipkins said he hoped the changes would give students reassurance that qualifications and awards remained in reach despite the disturbance they had experienced this year. Melanie Webber, the president of teachers’ union PPTA, said the changes would reduce anxiety for both teachers and students.