Full interview: 'Society is changing'–Education Minister Nikki Kaye on her plans for the education sector

Education Minister Nikki Kaye says including digital learning and computer coding as part of the school curriculum won't come at the expense of other core subjects.

Education Minister Nikki Kaye on her vision for our schools and students. Can she improve our poor maths and science results? Source: Q+A

This week Nikki Kaye announced a $40m package aimed at updating the school curriculum to enhance digital learning.

"The point I would make is while it's going alongside everything else, it's not just separate. So if you learn computational thinking, there is mathematics involved in that, in algorithms. So there are skills that are transferable. If you think about young people learning numeracy and literacy, that helps when they’re learning science, because they need to use statistics," Ms Kaye said.

Speaking on TVNZ 1's Q+A programme, Nikki Kaye told Corin Dann it would be negligent if we didn't look ahead.

"The nature of the responsibility as minister of education is to do exactly that, to say, 'where are the jobs going to be in the future? What are the skills that we need for the 21st century?'"

Nikki Kaye told Corin Dann, we have to continue to do more in maths.

"So we know at year eight that there is a slip in terms of mathematics, so we've said that we will get 80% of our young people by 2021 in year eight, in terms of mathematics. That's about putting more professional development in, it's about a range of things across communities of learning, looking at the granular detail of those children.

"Now that we have national standards, we know where they are. We are putting interventions in to help them. We certainly do have to have the accelerator on."