September 18, 2015
Ministry needs to take on Whanau a Apanui education ideas or face failure
One of the people who worked on an education strategy for Te Whanau a Apanui says the Education Ministry should expect resistance to its plans to merge three schools in the western East Cape.
While the boards of Te Whanau-a-Apanui Area School and Te Kura o Omaio have backed the plan to become a combined school serving Years 1 to 13 on the area school’s Te Kaha site, Raukokore wants to retain its own school.
Willie Te Aho says he doubts it’s good for children from the community to have a 45 minute bus trip each day to get to school.
He says the ministry needs to take on board some of the ideas put up during the consultation by Te Whanau a Apanui chair Rikirangi Gage for an iwi-driven education system.
"Because if we don’t get those ingredients right it will again be a failure and it won't work for our people. So Apanui and our communities need to take leadership of this issue and ensure that any learning system they come up with is for the betterment of our tamariki" says Willie Te Aho.
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