22 Nov 2012

Education plan called toothless and timid by co-author

11:34 am on 22 November 2012

An education group that helped to write a new Government plan for boosting Pacific educational achievement is now disowning it as too timid and toothless.

The Pasifika Education Plan for the next five years has been unveiled in Auckland by Education Minister Hekia Parata, who is also Pacific Island Affairs Minister.

Raise Pasifika was invited to co-author the plan with the education ministry, but Radio New Zealand's Pacific Issues correspondent says the coalition has taken its name off the final document.

Co-chair Fa'avae Gagamoe said the group can't put its name to a plan that isn't bold enough.

Mr Gagamoe said there's nothing on the bilingual teaching of Pacific languages, which is what Pacific communities really want.

He said Raise Pasifika is drawing up a Pacific education plan for Auckland.