January 05, 2022
Time is right for Māori education authority
Key Māori educational leaders want to see a Māori education authority similar to the Māori Health Authority.
In a roundtable discussion on Radio Waatea, former New Zealand Principals’ Federation president and educational consultant Whetū Cormick says the sector’s response to Covid-19 has exposed shortcomings in the current system.
Cormick says many tamariki do not have the technology to hook up to online classes and there are also cases of young people dropping out of school so they can work to support their whānau.
New Zealand Māori Principals Association president Bruce Jepsen says a Māori education authority can bring together Māori organisations across the sector to set the direction for Māori education.
Education Māori Manager at Auckland Council’s education support agency, Comet, and former teacher Will Flavell says if a policy and commissioning agency can be put in place for Māori health, it can be done for Māori education.