November 13, 2014
Students short changed in kapa haka debacle
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says Maori performing arts courses are valuable, despite problems that have emerged at two of them.
An investigation is under way into a course at Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi, and the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, has repaid the Tertiary Education Commission $3.7 million after it was revealed its kapa haka course hadn’t delivered the required number of teaching hours.
Mr Flavell says the institution clearly failed to give proper oversight.
He feels for the students who had their degree credits revoked, because they would have made considerable sacrifices to do the course.
" There is a heap of students who actually have done the work and there are a number of other courses in the performing arts area that do a great job for our people, and offer up an opportunity to move into the performing arts. And it is not just about that, but the confidence that comes from things such as kapa haka. So lets celebrate the positives out of this because it is two institutions sure, but there are others that do offer these sorts of courses that are doing a great great job " he says.
Te Ururoa Flavell says he will wait to see what comes out of the investigations.
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