May 23, 2016
Partnership school defends Maori model
A Whangarei charter school operator is welcoming a commitment by the Government’s support parties ACT and the Maori Party to oppose a member’s bill that would end the experiment of publicly-funded private schools.
He Puna Marama Trust spokesperson Reuben Wharawhara says the results at Te Kapehu Whetu speak for themselves, with a 82 percent pass rate for NCEA level one and 100 percent passes among thiose who sat levels two and three.
He says school philosphy is based on three pou, kia Maori, kia matou and kia tu rangatira ai.
"All we are doing is saying 'let's be Maori, let's not being afraid to do that.' Kia matou is about their education, so partnership schools has given us the option to look at curriculum in a different way so for example in social studies, the kids are studying things like the Tohunga Suppression Act. You can't do that in mainstream education," Mr Wharawhara says.
He says students at Te Kapehu Whetu are encouraged to become leaders.
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