August 12, 2016
Teach First experimenting on poor children
A scheme touted as a way to get talented graduates in front of low decile Maori and Pacific students is being slammed as a poorly conceived and targeted experiment.
Child Poverty Action Group says the Teach First NZ scheme is marketed as a charitable solution to educational inequalities, when in reality it is a business leadership coaching programme.
The scheme encourages graduates who might not otherwise have considered education as a career into teaching for a few years.
Group education spokesperson Professor John O’Neill says it puts unqualified teachers with no experience in the classrooms of students with the most challenging of educational, family and local community needs.
He says it’s an expensive way of experimenting with the life chances of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children.
He says there is no evidence to suggest Teach First NZ is producing better results than other institutes.
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