September 01, 2020
Quota limits raise Māori med school challenge
A Māori academic says admission schemes for Māori medical students into would be redundant if the education system was equal.
The University of Otago is considering a limit on the number of students who can come in on its Māori and Pasifika admission schemes.
University of Auckland senior lecturer Dr Rhys Jones says such schemes recognise New Zealand's education system systematically privileges Pākehā, which creates a problem when a diverse workforce is needed to serve the wider community.
He says the alternative could be a kaupapa Māori medical school.
"I think that's a big ask and it's potentially creating another layer we may not actually need but it's something I think we need to keep considering and keep thinking about how we do this in a much more sovereign way than being part of a Pākehā dominated institution," Dr Jones says.
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