April 03, 2018
Ministry rejects compulsory land wars class
The Education Ministry says calls to make the New Zealand Wars a compulsory part of the national curriculum won't work.
In a written submission to the Maori Affairs select committee, former Secretary for Education Peter Hughes said school boards make their own programmes and requiring schools to teach a specific subject would be contrary to the spirit and underlying principles of the curriculum.
The select committee is considering a student-led petition calling for more teaching about the Land Wars of the 1800s.
Former associate deputy secretary Karl Le Quesne says the ministry is taking an enabling approach, including printing 1500 resource booklets on Maori histories.
The Ministry did not know how many of the 2500 state and state-integrated schools actually taught about the Land Wars.
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