March 27, 2013
Kura won’t be bullied into moving
The chair of an Otautahi kura kaupapa Māori says the school won’t be bullied to move by the Education Ministry.
Christchurch’s two kura were given until today to decide which one should move to the north of the city, supposedly to create more access for children in the area to Māori immersion education.
Christine Rask from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ō Waitaha says the experience of coming through the city’s earthquakes has made the school more determined to do what’s best for its pupils and that means staying put.
”I think our children, they know about the turmoil of what’s going on. All our teachers are aware that their mahi has to go on.
Our children know that the whānau and the teachers are there to protect them and to protect our school, our kura,” she says.
Christine Rask is welcoming an investigation by the Ombudsman into how school closures and mergers in Christchurch have been handled.
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