Biosecurity to be a core subject at school, suggests Minister

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Schools should consider adding biosecurity to their curriculum as part of a push to protect New Zealand from pests, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

The minister today launched a draft plan for protecting New Zealand’s borders from incursions over the next ten years.

“It’s ultimately about creating awareness for 4.7 million New Zealanders,” he said.

Mr Guy said biosecurity was not front of mind for most Kiwis, and it was important to educate people about the key role it played in the economy.

Online campaigns would be used to inform Kiwis about biosecurity risks. But some schools might choose to go further, Mr Guy said.

“The curriculum has quite a bit of flexibility already, so if principals or their board want to choose to pick up and run a biosecurity through the classroom, then that’s appropriate for them to do so.”

The draft plan was developed in response to rising pressures on New Zealand’s border protection systems.

There are a number of things that schools should address.  New Zealand history, our electoral systems and financial literacy would have to be part of those.  Biosecurity would fit in well.

You can make an argument that Japanese or French as a compulsory subject is less beneficial compared to topics such as financial literacy and protecting New Zealand from pests.

 

– NZ Herald


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