Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Minister Calls For Maori Teacher Trainees

The Minister of Maori Affairs is encouraging more Maori people to take up teaching as a career, especially in light of the recent school suspension statistics.

The Hon Parekura Horomia said he is disturbed by the fact that 48% of suspended students are Maori, even though Maori represent only 20% of the school population.

"But this statistic is not new. It is part of the evidence that shows mainstream schools do not cater for many Maori students."

"It is also part of the reason for the initiatives such as kohanga reo, kura kaupapa Maori and wananga. Maori people are developing their own models to turn around the poor educational results for their children."

Mr Horomia said the government is undertaking a range of mechanisms to turn around the situation in mainstream schools including professional development for teachers and increased partnerships with iwi groups.

The Minister is also keen to see more Maori get into teaching as a career.

"Maori students make up 16.8% of students at secondary school but only 6.3% of the teaching workforce. I am aware that many Maori people think that they can't afford the cost or the time to train as teachers. I am hopeful that the TeachNZ scholarships will encourage more to take up the challenge of teaching."

There are over 200 $10,000.00 scholarships available to target Maori trainees into various aspects of secondary teaching including Reo Maori and other general subjects. 55 of the scholarships are available for proficient speakers of Maori.



The deadline for TeachNZ teacher trainee scholarships has been extended to Monday 2 October 2000.

Mr Horomia said education is the cornerstone for all Maori development and is one of the avenues for building capacity.

"Education is the key and it is critical for Maori people to prepare themselves so they can control and lead their own developments, not only in education but also in other social and economic areas."

Interested in a teaching career?
Call 0800-832-246


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Reform

To ordinary wage and salary earners who (a) watch a slice of their gross income being taxed every week via PAYE and who also (b) pay GST on every single thing they buy, there has been something quite surreal about the centre-right’s angry and anguished reactions to the Tax Working Group’s final report... More>>

 
 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Te Waihanga: New Independent Commission To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels