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Martine Udahemuka

Research Fellow

Martine is a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative working on education policy. She has previously published research on migrant and refugee integration in New Zealand. Before moving to Wellington to work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Martine held roles as student success advisor and learning consultant at Massey University, Palmerston North. She holds a Masters of Arts in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with first class Honours from Massey University.

Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: martine.udahemuka@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

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Black cats and education

According to Oscar Wilde, “religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn’t there, and finding it”. Well, in a way that is almost the definition of teacher quality.Defining, let alone measuring and rewarding teacher quality is notoriously difficult. Anyone who claims the opposite is either naïve or blinded by ideology.But just because it is hard should not be an excuse for not trying. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
10 March, 2017
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New education report: Fair and Frank

Our second in a series of reports on school under-performance was released on 20 February 2017. Report author Martine Udahemuka spoke to The AM Show about her findings.The report documents the strategies implemented in five jurisdictions across the US and UK to identify effective schools, effective teaching, and reform failing schools - as well as exploring the successes, failures and implications of those strategies.The final report in the series will be released later in 2017 and will inform practical policy recommendations. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
The AM Show
20 February, 2017
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Learning from failure

Last week The Herald premiered Under the Bridge, a three-part documentary about life in Papakura High School: a low decile school plagued with a reputation for persistent poor performance.Despite increasing government support, the school’s achievement statistics remained among the lowest in the country and its student roll continued to decline as students and teachers lost hope.The Herald followed the journey of the new principal brought in to fix the school in 2016.Papakura’s story is not unique. The Initiative’s 2015 analysis of school performance reviews found that... Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
17 February, 2017
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Fenced out of a choice education

Misery loves company.My misery: Trying to find a half-way decent, reasonably priced flat within walking distance to work that will not cost me an arm and a leg, during the busiest month of the year.And my company presented itself when I met one of my competitors at a flat viewing two weekends ago. As well as dealing with the agony of finding a place to live he had to consider the bureaucracy of getting into a popular school as well... Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
3 February, 2017
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Our maths performance results on TIMSS and National Standards

From ‘that’ NCEA maths exam that left students in tears, the confusion around exams during last month’s earthquake, to the seclusion of special needs students, it seems the education sector rarely gets a break. And it looks like that will not change anytime soon with the latest news in education. The most recent international benchmarking test results tell, once again, a doom story for maths performance. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Interest.co.nz
5 December, 2016
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A welcome shake-up

I almost did not read The Herald’s exclusive ‘classroom shake-up’ coverage last week. Quake stories were getting me down. But I am glad I read it as I swiftly found out I was wrong. The piece was referring to the Government’s proposed overhaul of the school funding system - not earthquakes. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
25 November, 2016
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Hon. Hekia Parata: Amid the mortar we offer a bouquet

Science has it that you are more likely to remember the minute details of losing money, losing friends, and receiving criticism than you are about winning money, making friends, and receiving praise. This may explain recent editorial furore and media commentaries recounting all the failures of the Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, following her announcement that she will not be contesting in the 2017 elections. Last month, Oliver Hartwich, Eric Crampton and I met with the Minister to talk about... Read more

Martine Udahemuka
Insights Newsletter
28 October, 2016
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Signal Loss: What we know about school performance

It is hard to improve without knowing what better and worse performance look like. Teachers grade students, but who grades the graders? And how can we tell whether the school system as a whole is doing well? This report, the first in a series of three examining performance and improvement in the school system, begins to answer these questions. Read more

Martine Udahemuka
29 June, 2016

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