September 06, 2020
Maori education critical for boomer welfare
The Māori Party is warning institutional racism in the education system is holding the country back.
Te Tai Tonga candidate Takuta Ferris says persistent under-achievement in the mainstream school system and recent developments like the University of Otago medical school proposing a cap on its Māori entry scheme shows the problem isn’t being taken seriously.
He says as the baby boomers head into retirement, a third of those entering the workforce are Māori and Pasifika.
"And if those young Māori and Polynesians can't be delivered a half decent education to equip them with the skills and expertise to become productive contributors to the future economy of New Zealand, then the country has a real problem, Those baby boomers won't be able to go and retire," he says.
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