August 24, 2021
Wifi plan means Wharekura ready for lockdown
The principal of a south Auckland kura says it learned from last year’s lockdown and made preparations for a repeat.
Maahia Nathan from Te Wharekura o Manurewa says that included helping whānau with devices and arranging a deal with an internet provider offering free wifi modems.
There were also online sessions in the classroom so the children become familiar with the devices and the Google apps platform.
It’s still a poor substitute for in person lessons – especially as tauira study for qualifications like NCEA.
"It's disruptive and the online programme is only a sticking plaster in my view, it doesn't replace the full on contact with tauira you have when you are in the class," Mr Nathan says.
The kura is keen to see whether the Education Ministry changes the criteria for NCEA credits, as it did last year.
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