September 28, 2018
Survey shows country reo ready
The Children’s Commissioner is urging more people to take an online survey on the future of education.
Judge Andrew Beecroft chairs the Guardians of the Education Conversation, which aims to get feedback on planned education reforms.
He says so far more than 16,000 people have responded to the Kōrero Mātauranga survey, and the four open ended questions are generating useful insights about where change is needed.
Common themes include fairness, a feeling higher decile schools deliver better than lower decile, teacher quality, classroom sizes, and a consensus te reo Māori should be a core subject in primary schools.
"And this is ordinary middle of the road New Zealanders, Pākeha and Māori, who are saying it is time that is made an integral part or our curriculum. There is clearly a need for change. We have got a great system but it could be so much better," Judge Beecroft says.
The change needs to address the gap in Māori achievement which is consistent at every level of the school system.
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