Te reo should start early — union

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Teach­ers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa wants te reo Ma¯ ori to start in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion.

NZEI Te Riu Roa Matua Takawaenga Lau­res Park said all chil­dren should have the op­por­tu­nity to learn te reo Ma¯ori. She said hav­ing uni­ver­sal pro­vi­sion would make a big dif­fer­ence in the well­be­ing of ta­mariki Ma¯ ori.

“There is strong pub­lic sup­port for this, and it is time for the Govern­ment to act. NZEI Te Riu Roa has been calling for te reo Ma¯ ori to be a core cur­ricu­lum sub­ject for a num­ber of years now. ”

How­ever, there would need to be sup­port for ed­u­ca­tors to en­act the pro­posal, she said.

Last year Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Ma¯ori (Ma¯ori Lan­guage Com­mis­sion) re­leased a re­port propos­ing rais­ing the sta­tus and in­creas­ing the use of te reo by mak­ing it a core cur­ricu­lum sub­ject in Year 1 in 2020 to all lev­els up to Year 13 by 2037.

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