10 Jun 2010

Dance and Samoan language wanted as scholarship subjects

7:08 am on 10 June 2010

Teachers of dance and the Samoan language want their subjects included in next year's secondary school scholarship exams.

The Qualifications Authority reviews the list of scholarship subjects every two years and submissions to the latest review closed this week.

Dance is studied by nearly 10,000 secondary pupils and the Dance Subject Association says that's enough to justify its inclusion.

Samoan Language Teachers Association president Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin says Samoan is the third most-spoken language in New Zealand and scholarship exams would give it higher status.

The Dance Subject Association says there are enough secondary students studying dance to justify its inclusion.