26 Mar 2013

Christchurch kura welcomes Ombudsman investigation

7:03 pm on 26 March 2013

A Maori language medium school in Christchurch is welcoming an investigation into the Ministry of Education's handling of school closures and mergers.

There has been widespread criticism of the Ministry's plan to close seven schools and merge 12 others in Christchurch in the wake of the earthquakes.

Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has opened the investigation.

Huata Martindale, the chair of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Whanau Tahi Board of Trustees, says he expected an inquiry would follow.

But, he questions what changes it will bring.

Usually an investigation prompted by an Ombudsman is sparked by serious or systemic issues.

Recommendations may be made, but it's not necessary for an agency to accept them, however, most of the time they are accepted.