24 Feb 2015

Kura group's exam challenge fizzes

8:05 am on 24 February 2015

A kura body has given up on its bid to force the Qualification Authority to drop an exam which it says benefits English-speaking students over Māori.

Nga Kura a Iwi o Aotearoa - which oversees 25 tribal schools - is critical of a qualification worth 12 credits each in both languages.

Chairperson Pem Bird, said it was unfair because total immersion students choose to sit the Māori exam in order to test their true competency, while other students receive the same credits without really testing their language skills.

He said despite challenging the authority, nothing had happened. Mr Bird said for tangata whenua it was about mana.

He said the government could keep its exams.

Instead, Mr Bird said his organisation would work on solutions it could offer, once it had ensured its students achieve success in education offered by the government.

Te Manu Korihi has asked the Qualification Authority for comment.

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