September 23, 2014
Parata keen to keep Education
Education Minister Hekia Parata is keen to keep the portfolio.
Ms Parata, who failed to unseat Kris Faafoi in Mana in Saturday's election but remains a list MP says she will take any job Prime Minister John Key gives her.
She says National has made enormous strides in terms of improving the underlying education system.
"Our language now is very much focused on the quality of teaching and learning, on achievement, on targeting those young people who otherwise would fail, on keeping young people at school longer because the longer they stay the better they do, on getting better transitions from secondary into tertiary, apprenticeships, trades academies, fee free places at polytechnics, a whole range of pathways that didn't exist before our Government," Ms Parata says.
Work still needs to be done on special education, and she also wants to improve transisitons between the various stages of Maori immersion schooling.
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