22 Nov 2011

Moerewa up in arms over closure of school class

8:21 am on 22 November 2011

The town of Moerewa in Northland is up in arms over a decision by Minister of Education to stop a school there teaching secondary students.

Moerewa School has been running a senior class instead of sending students to nearby secondary schools. It says their NCEA pass rates have gone from poor to outstanding.

But Education Minister Anne Tolley has directed the school to end a satellite arrangement it has with an Auckland college.

Moerewa Community Trust chairman Ngahau Davis says the community will not allow the minister to sabotage the children's success.

He says the community will raise funds and set up its own school for senior pupils if they are evicted by the ministry.

A spokesperson for the minister says the decision is based on the impact of the unit on the rolls of other schools and the limited range of NCEA subjects available at Moerewa.