February 15, 2022
Te Pae Roa takes wider vision for education
The chair of the newly independent advisory group on Māori education wants to see what works in kura kaupapa Māori spread through the rest of the education system.
Te Pae Roa has been set up to work with the Education Ministry on a new model for Māori medium education.
Sector bodies representing kōhanga, kura, and wānanga have opted not to participate, although Wayne Ngata says they have the option to join later.
He understands their push for autonomy outside the main education system, but he also wants to see that system produce the kind of graduates who are coming from kura kaupapa.
“They are very, very confident in the world we live in and in the future and they speak two or three languages. They’re a different breed and that’s great for our future but we want to produce more than that. There can be more and there can be far more pathways of excellence and towards excellence for them,” Dr Ngata says.