March 09, 2016
Mentoring service evolves as pass rates rise
Organisations involved in mentoring Maori and Pasifika students are attending a national workshop in Auckland this week to compare notes and learn about changes to the system.
Veronica Henare from the Manukau Urban Maori Authority says putting outside mentors into schools to give extra support to some students is one of the factors that has led to an increase in the number of Maori passing NCEA.
She says mentors work just not with tauira but with their whanau.
"Now we know if you are living in a household and there is a lot of busyness going on, sometimes it is really difficult to study. Sometimes you find the older ones may be looking after younger ones. so the mentors work with the whanau and talk through a plan and some of the things we have to do is ensure there is a place where they can study," Ms Henare says.
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