January 20, 2021
New world opens for haka studies
Students will be able to turn their after school kapa haka into credits towards university entrance in a pilot launched yesterday.
Kaiako from more than 30 secondary schools and kura are in a three-day workshop at Wellington’s Pipitea Marae on the curriculum for a new Maori performing arts qualification, Te Ao Haka.
Credits for kapa haka at every NCEA level will count as achievement standards rather than unit standards.
Ellen MacGregor-Reid, the Education Ministry’s deputy secretary for early learning and student achievement, says offering kapa haka as a viable pathway to university entrance gives Māori knowledge parity in the education system.
"We know the education system has not done well by our Māori akonga. This is a big step forward for us to give parity of esteem to part of mātauranga Māori through Te Ao Haka,” she says.
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