Wednesday 10 May

Let kids be kids – scrap the standards

National’s decision to double-down on school standards that are neither national nor standard is a tragedy for kids, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Report after report has highlighted how flawed the national standards are, and yet …

Summit called to demand inclusive education for every child

A lack of government funding and support for children with disabilities or additional learning needs has prompted educators, people with disabilities and their families and advocates to hold an inclusive education national summit in Wellington this …

Praise for Wairoa’s bilingual progress

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is congratulating Wairoa District Council after it adopted a policy to move it closer to its goal of becoming fully bilingual by 2040. The council voted on Tuesday to support a te reo Māori policy which is designed to develop and promote the Māori language throughout the organisation. “The council is to be congratulated for its foresight and support of te reo. They have the goal of becoming a bilingual town by 2040 and today’s vote is another step along that journey,” says Mr Flavell. …

Advice for young people is to sit less, move more & sleep well

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell is congratulating Wairoa District Council after it adopted a policy to move it closer to its goal of becoming fully bilingual by 2040. The council voted on Tuesday to support a te reo Māori policy which is designed to develop and promote the Māori language throughout the organisation. “The council is to be congratulated for its foresight and support of te reo. They have the goal of becoming a bilingual town by 2040 and today’s vote is another step along that journey,” says Mr Flavell. …

Charter schools a huge distraction that aren’t helping Maori

NZEI Te Riu Roa is calling for an end to the charter school experiment, and for all political parties to meet with education experts and agree on what’s needed to improve education for all Maori and Pasifika children. Charter schools are in the …

DigiMarae brings technology to older generation

The digiMarae programme, developed in partnership with the Rotorua Library and the Nga Pumanawa e Waru education trust, takes a digital education to those who need it. Nga Pumanawa e Waru director of engagement Mercia-Dawn Yates ran the lessons.

Chris Hipkins defends Labour’s charter school policy

Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says Charter Schools will be given options to change. He is confident Labour’s Maori MPs will get behind the policy. “I think we need to focus on solutions that are going to affect all of the kids in the school system not just a handful of them attending charter schools.”

Criticism of Charter Schools by Labour is “weak electioneering”

We talk to the two sides of the charter school debate. On one side is Raewyn Tipene, the chief executive of He Puna Marama Trust which runs a Maori-focussed charter school in Whangarei. “It will be a really disappointing day,” she says, “if Labour gets in and gets rid of them.”

Two-hour recreational screen time limit for school students: Latest guidelines

Daily recreational screen time, sleep and exercise guidelines have been released for children and teenagers with parents encouraged to see how their children measure up.Updated guidelines for school-aged young people (aged 5 to…

Growing a generation of greenies with Enviroschools in Marlborough

“It’s a kid-led programme which sort of flips the traditional way of learning on its head. This way round it’s the kids who decide what to do and the kids who come up with the ideas. “We hold staff workshops which help with professional development so …

Government not ruling out limiting the number of students who get tertiary courses subsidised

Just because someone wants to go to university, does that mean they’re entitled to a massive taxpayer subsidy?

 

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