Pasi­fika in schools

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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.

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