July 11, 2018
Māori aims backed in future education survey
A preliminary assessment of the national conversation to develop a vision for the future of education has found support for better teaching of Māori culture and history.
There was also some support for te reo Māori to be compulsory, at least in primary schools, and for clear differences in achievement between Māori and Pacific students and Pakeha to be addressed.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says more than 14,000 New Zealanders have responded to the online survey, but he's keen to hear from more, especially Māori, before it closes at the end of the month.
Other areas where a consensus is emerging is that no students should be disadvantaged due to financial or family circumstances, children with additional learning needs require more funding and support, and students' contributions to family/whānau, hapu, iwi, and community should be recognised.
Young people feel there is too much focus on assessments, which is a burden on them and their teachers.
Many parents identified reducing bullying as a priority
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