18 May 2012

Moerewa students wait in limbo

11:46 pm on 18 May 2012

Senior students have spent their last day at Moerewa School in Northland but are still waiting for a decision on their future.

All 17 students were told to be off the school site by today, after the Ministry of Education closed the senior unit last term.

Most have been turning up at the school each day for the last three weeks while their parents try to negotiate a solution with the ministry.

The whanau want to keep the seniors together and have them taught in their home town, claiming they have done poorly at the nearby Bay of Islands College.

But the Ministry says Moerewa's NCEA results have been alarmingly low and they need to be enrolled at a school mandated to provide education at that level.

The parents have lobbied to enrol the group at the local kura kaupapa which can take seniors, and allow them to study subjects not available there, through the Correspondence School.

But with the students now banned from the school they have fought to keep them at, Moerewa families are still waiting to hear if the ministry will approve their preferred alternative.