Te Ururoa Flavell has called out the teacher unions who are boycotting a charter school in Whangarei.
Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party Co-Leader, has expressed disappointment at the influence of PPTA in advising Whangarei Boys High teachers to not teach students who attend Te Kura Hourua Te Kapeha Whetu.
âAs I understand it the Board of Trustees at Whangarei Boys High was happy to support Kura Hourua students in specific areas such as the visual arts. That type of cooperation has been modelled in the relationships that many other kura establish with general schools, wananga, polytechnics and other education providers across New Zealand. It represents a dynamic relationship that we should surely be fostering in our communities â that the education and learning of our students impacts on us all,â says Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party Co-Leader.
âI recognise that Partnership Schools is a major political issue and teachers have a right to their views on educational policy, but what about the kids? Surely we should be putting the best interests of our young people ahead of our politics.â
âI was a teacher for many years and I know that the profession prides itself on putting the interests of our children first, but this flies in the face of those values. I would have thought as teachers, that what matters is that every student experiences success. Thatâs what Te Kapeha Whetu want. Thatâs what the Maori Party wants. Come on PPTA â surely there are other ways of making political statements that do not impact so immediately on our kids.âÂ Read more »