Tamihere embraces Charter Schools

Say what you will about John Tamihere, but the one thing you can’t accuse him of is being beholden to political dogma.

He has looked at what Charter Schools can offer Maori, who are failing badly in the current system, and thinks he can use the system to benefit students. He will, of course, now become a target for the teacher unions who will brand him a “class” traitor:

Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere wants the charter school pilot expanded to West Auckland – where he says schools are failing children.

Act’s confidence and supply agreement sets out the schools will be set up in areas where educational underachievement is most entrenched.

South Auckland and Christchurch are the first two regions where the Government says that iwi, private, community groups and existing educational providers will compete to operate a local school or start a new one.

Waipareira is in discussions with Remuera’s Mt Hobson Middle School to establish a charter school for pupils in years 7 to 10.

Mr Tamihere said Ministry of Education figures which revealed that 30 per cent of students leave the region to attend other schools is indicative of parents’ dissatisfaction with educational results in the area.

“We’ve got a low track record of excellence. All we’re looking at doing is bringing the best practice from Remuera to the west.”

He may as well give it a go, because it is clear as the nose on your face that the current school system is failing Maori and Pasefika children.


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