2 May 2012

Expert panel to lead Te Reo Maori teacher drive

8:05 am on 2 May 2012

The Government has set up a reference group to advise ministers on how to increase the number of high quality Te Reo Maori-speaking teachers.

Principals, academics and business leaders make up the 10-strong team, which met for the first time on Tuesday.

Education Minister Hekia Parata and associate minister Pita Sharples, who set up the group of experts, want them to develop a vision for strengthening the teaching profession and make recommendations by July on achieving the vision.

Dr Sharples says it is crucial to increase the supply of high-quality, highly trained Te Reo fluent teachers to meet the current and future demand by schools.

The reference group will focus on teachers who use Te Reo between 80% and 100% of the time in the classroom and those who use the language between 50% and 80% of the time.