Bludgers want our money but no accountability

If Maori want continued government support best they start complying with the rules.

Maori language schools are prominent among those refusing to hand over national standards data to the Government – and critics fear at least one school is being punished for its stance.

A Ministry of Education report released under the Official Information Act shows almost half of schools given extra funding to teach in te reo have refused to report their pupils’ literacy and numeracy progress data. 

A total 81 of 198 schools, including kura kaupapa Maori and bilingual education schools, told the ministry they had no plans to hand over the Maori version of the controversial national standards data – Nga Whanaketanga Rumaki Maori. They claimed they had either “political” or “capability” reasons for their failure to hand over the data, the report said.

But an education union fears at least one school is being made to pay for its opposition.

As usual the teachers union is sticking up fro wilful disobedience.

NZEI president Judith Nowotarski said she had heard a different story from Porirua School staff. She feared it would set a precedent.

“It is very heavy-handed and it’s putting the school under pressure.”

Schools are required to report literacy and numeracy results to measure their pupils’ progress from years one to eight, but some schools have held out in opposition.

A Christchurch special character school has also been told it could be stripped of its powers after refusing to report its national standards data. Tamariki School received a letter in June stating that the ministry would recommend a limited statutory manager be appointed.

Literacy and numeracy obviously aren’t important to the NZEI. At least they have now confirmed this.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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