1 Nov 2008

New group wants more Pacific principals in schools

9:24 am on 1 November 2008

The chairman of the new Pacific Islands Principals Assocation says Pacific people make up less than 1% cent of the 2700 school principals in New Zealand.

But Enosa Auva'a, the head of Mt Albert Primary in Auckland, says Pacific students make up 10% of the roll.

Mr Auva'a says the Association will urge the Government to improve the numbers.

The Education Minister, Chris Carter, says he wants more Pacific Island principals and the Ministry must look at ways of lifting numbers.

Mr Carter says while Pacific education results are improving, there's a long way to go.

Garth Biggs, a trustee of One Tree Hill College which has a sizeable Pacific roll, says more qualified Pacific Island principals will be role models for teachers and improve student results.