Pasifika in schools
A forum is being held tomorrow night to discuss the controversial national standards in education, with the Porirua community encouraged to attend and voice their thoughts.
Organised by the New Zealand Education Institute and chaired by Mana MP Winnie Laban, local principals, teachers and parents will question whether National’s favoured route is the best one, especially concerning Pacific students. Cuts to early childhood education will also be addressed.
One of the event’s organisers, Lyndy McIntyre, says NZEI is quite clear. ‘‘The national standards will do nothing to lift the achievement of Pasifika students. Second language learners often appear to lag behind in achievement, especially in the first years as they learn to operate in a different culture and school environment. National standards are narrowly focused, lack a Pasifika perspective.’’
The forum runs from 6pm till 8pm, October 27, at PIC House, 207 Champion St.