April 23, 2013
Ministry spins Te Kotahitanga axing
Funding has been cut for a programme that boosted test results for Māori pupils in mainstream secondary schools but the education ministry says it will live on.
A spokesperson says the ministry is developing a new programme that will build on Te Kotahitanga and other projects to lift Māori student achievement.
He says the new Building on Success programme will be much broader in scope and include additional elements designed to support effective leadership and accelerate achievement in literacy and numeracy.
But Waikato University Education Professor Russell Bishop, who developed Te Kotahitanga, says the ministry’s own advisors have warned that it can’t cherry pick from existing programmes and expect the same results.
Te Kotahitanga combines professional development, showing teachers how to work with Māori students, combined with school-wide support and extra resources in the classroom.
Professor Bishop says the extra cost is justified by the results in those schools involved in the pilot programme.
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