Kiwi kids' science skills are suffering.
The Education Review Office has released a report into improving science studies.
Only 20 per cent of Year Eight students are achieving at the desired level, and the performance of Year Nine students has declined.
The ERO says this is concerning, and indicates an urgent need to strengthen science teaching in New Zealand.
"Covid-19 has showed us how important science is and with science-related issues such as climate change and vaccines increasingly impacting on society, it is essential that we have high quality science education", they said in a statement.
To discuss the importance of science education, Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson joins Kerre McIvor.