August 12, 2021
STEMM boost for Waikato schools
The University of Waikato has signed a collaboration agreement with Pūhoro Charitable Trust aimed at inspiring Māori high school students to take up STEMM subjects and careers.
Pūhoro spokesperson Naomi Manu says by 2030 the majority of jobs will require some sort of capability in science, technology, engineering, and maths.
Along with funding from the Ministry of Education and Waikato-Tainui, the partnership will allow Pūhoro to work with 250 students in Waikato region each year for over the next three years.
Kaihautū spend an hour a week with students during terms one to three; and help with exam preparation in term four.
They also help with experiential wānanga at Waikato University, with the process aimed at making the transition between secondary and tertiary seamless.
Ms Manu says Pūhoro rangatahi are five times more likely than other Māori school leavers to transition from secondary to tertiary education at degree level.
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