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ERO report delivers on Māori Party policy

ERO report delivers on Māori Party policy

A major review of how schools are managing their Maori students found a failure of schools to implement the Māori education strategy Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success.
 The review highlighted the failure amongst schools to develop programmes or policies in the three following areas; attendance, student engagement in learning and achievement

The Education Review Office report highlighted that schools who perform well in the review had adopted the principles in Ka Hikitia. Likewise, the schools that performed poorly were the schools that showed little or no interest in Ka Hikitia.

Education spokesperson for the Māori Party, Te Ururoa Flavell, has commended ERO for its clear message to schools, that no school can be considered to be high performing unless the school can demonstrate that most of its Māori learners are progressing well and succeeding as Māori.

Mr Flavell welcomes the report as he has been seeking specific information from ERO on montoring and measuring Māori achievement for 18 months,

“This report delivers on some of our key Māori Party policy goals for education,” said Mr Flavell. “Our policy statement that we took into the Coalition arrangement stated that the public needs to be provided with better information on school performance including Māori and Pacific achievement”

The Māori Party has also encouraged agencies to promote whanau engagement with and investing in communities and innovation. Charles Rolleston, the ERO’s review services manager, says Ka Hikitia suggested ways for schools to bring whānau and iwi into the school to help Māori students learn but only a minority of schools have picked it up.

Dr Pita Sharples, Māori party co leader believes ‘there are schools which put Māori students at risk of lifelong failure, with all the catastrophic consequences’. He states that ERO should name poor performing schools, and consider interventions to protect the present and future welfare of their Māori students. For example, if leadership has failed, then installing commissioners should be considered”

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