Min­is­ter sets out fu­ture vi­sion for ed­u­ca­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

More than 60 teach­ers and busi­ness­peo­ple at­tended a break­fast event at Pataka re­cently to hear Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Hekia Parata talk.

The event was hosted by Part­ners Porirua to cel­e­brate part­ner­ships be­tween ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness and the com­mu­nity.

Ms Parata com­pli­mented Part­ners Porirua on its mo­ti­va­tional work to bring busi­ness­peo­ple into the class­room, be­fore high­light­ing pos­i­tive as­pects of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in­clud­ing the in­volve­ment par­ents through boards trus­tees.

She also talked about how multi- eth­nic­ity turns into mul­ti­cul­tural un­der­stand­ing and that the way we teach, and the ex­am­ples that are now used that are much more rel­e­vant to the cul­ture of the com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Ms Parata out­lined ad­vance­ments in ca­reer guid­ance, start­ing as young as in­ter­me­di­ate level. She said it was im­por­tant for there to be a tran­si­tion of of be­tween sec­ondary learn­ing and ter­tiary stud­ies, tak­ing stu­dents on a learn­ing jour­ney so that it widens their life op­tions.

The Min­is­ter said in the past there had been cul­ture of cel­e­brat­ing those who be­came pro­fes­sion­als such as lawyers and ac­coun­tants, while those who didn’t reach the apex of their ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney would en­ter into oc­cu­pa­tions re­quir­ing prac­ti­cal skills.

How­ever, now there was a much greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the need for trades­peo­ple and the op­por­tu­ni­ties trades present. In fu­ture, she said, what­ever is right for the stu­dent will be cel­e­brated. Work has be­gun to de­velop vo­ca­tional path­ways which aim to give new and clear learn­ing op­tions to stu­dents, es­pe­cially for the es­ti­mated 70 per cent of sec­ondary school stu­dents who don’t go to univer­sity.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Part­ners Porirua can show young peo­ple their choices in the work­place and give them an early in­tro­duc­tion to what they can do with their lives, she said.

The Min­is­ter an­swered ques­tions about what re­search had in­spired her, vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and the pro­posed changes to the way gov­ern­ment de­liv­ers ser­vices.

Part­ners Porirua man­ager Michelle Robin­son said the teach­ers’ break­fasts are a reg­u­lar event to cel­e­brate busi­nesse­d­u­ca­tion part­ner­ships, but this event had drawn a big­ger crowd than usual.

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