Te Akatea (Maori Principals' Association) applauds the Minister's announcement to reverse the decision to cap the number of teachers in schools and to increase class sizes.
Debate over the past few weeks regarding class size increases has been highlighted in the media spotlight. Support for and against the initial policy to increase class sizes has come from all quarters and sectors in the education field, says Para Meha, President of Te Akatea.
Te Akatea supports the position that achievement for Maori is still at levels that are unacceptable in our country - and that more needs to be done to rectify the situation.
Quality teaching IS the key to raising achievement for Maori. Larger classes would not have the same impact as smaller classes would with the same level of quality teaching.
The Minister has said the Government decided to drop the policy after parents did not accept the change, which was heavily influenced by the concerns raised from the education sector at large.
Te Akatea was not consulted by the Ministry of Education or the Minister on the policy to increase class sizes.
A more open and transparent consultation process between the Minister, the Ministry and the education sector would be much appreciated.
It would be in the best interests of the Ministry and the education sector to work collaboratively in addressing the issues of underachievement for all in particular Maori whether they be in mainstream or in Maori medium settings.
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