Ed­u­ca­tion plans out­lined for im­mi­gra­tion needs

It’s elec­tion year and the spot­light is be­ing thrown on ed­u­ca­tion. Re­porter Rose Cawley sat down with Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata on her visit to Paku­ranga’s Edge­wa­ter Col­lege for an exclusive in­ter­view.

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re­sources should go.’’

Ms Parata says from this year Pub­lic Achieve­ment In­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing Na­tional Stan­dards and NCEA re­sults, will be used by the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice teams. ‘‘I have been strongly en­cour­ag­ing of ERO to do that be­cause it helps demon­strate to schools the im­por­tance of us­ing in­for­ma­tion.’’

She says it isn’t set­ting an un­reach­able bar for teach­ers, nor should it put additional pres­sure on them.

If Na­tional gets back into power there will be a fur­ther shake-up, with prom­ises of a pay boost for top per­form­ers through the cre­ation of four new po­si­tions – ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pals, ex­pert teach­ers, lead teach­ers and change prin­ci­pals.

Ms Parata says the ini­tia­tive will have a fo­cus on a com­mu­nity as op­posed to in­di­vid­ual schools.

‘‘I can tell you what it is not go­ing to be, it is not go­ing to be an ex­tra prin­ci­pal com­ing in to tell other prin­ci­pals what to do,’’ Ms Parata says.

‘‘It is spe­cific chal­lenges that a com­mu­nity of schools have that the ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal will be fo­cus­ing on and then work­ing with the rel­e­vant prin­ci­pals and staff in that com­mu­nity to get the best col­lab­o­ra­tion.’’

Ms Parata ex­pects to hear back from the work­ing group about its sug­ges­tions for the four new roles by late next month.

Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Best fu­ture: Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Hekia Parata meets Edge­wa­ter Col­lege head boy Martin Yerkovich, 17, head girl AJ Gar­cia, 17, and deputy head boy Raphael Bato, 17.

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