20 May 2013

Kura unlikely to benefit from council intervention - chair

7:12 am on 20 May 2013

A Christchurch kura doubts city council intervention over school closures and mergers will help its plight.

The Christchurch City Council is sending a letter to Education Minister Hekia Parata, calling on her to slow down the process of restructuring the schools.

The decision came after representatives from three affected schools asked the city council to intervene over the plan to close seven schools and merge 12.

Two kura kaupapa, including Te Whanau Tahi, have avoided amalgamation but one faces being relocated to another suburb.

The board of trustees chair of Te Whanau Tahi, Huata Martindale, praises the council for stepping in, but he thinks the letter will not help in the kura's fight to remain in the Spreydon suburb.

Mr Martindale says the letter will help schools which face closures and mergers.

However, he says kura are unlikely to benefit because they both remain open, with one having to move location.

Mr Martindale suspects a decision about which kura will have to move has been made, and the two schools are now just waiting to hear which one has been selected.