February 23, 2015
Charter schools part of Maori development
The woman behind Whangarei’s successful Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa, Raewyn Tipene, hopes Northland’s other charter school in Whangaruru can survive.
Education Minister Hekia Parata has given Te Pumanawa o te Wairau a month to sort out problems identified by the Education Review Office, including absenteeism, the quality of the quality of teaching and learning and the quality of school management.
Raewyn Tipene says the Whangaruru school had set itself an ambitious task, and it needed time to come right.
She says Maori have seized on the charter school model as a way of addressing what they see as problems in the mainstream system.
" Our people have got to a point where they are tired of being dictated to in the education sector and they want to do it themselves. Some of them are ready to do it and some need to think long and hard about why they want to do it. But I think you are seeing it across the board in Maori development. We are ready to do these things ourselves and we are tired of being told how to be Maori and how to be Maori in the education secotr " she says.
Raewyn Tipene says her He Puna Marama Trust now has two kura hourua, partnership schools as well as a string of early childhood centres in Northland and Auckland catering to Ngapuhi tamariki.
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