20 Jul 2013

Hui examines how to improve Maori students' results

7:15 pm on 20 July 2013

A Maori education hui has been examining how tangata whenua and the Government can improve Maori education results.

The Nga Kaikokiri Matauranga conference was held in Auckland and wrapped up on Thursday after two days. It was attended by tribal education providers and presentations were given by government officials and by the Minister of Education.

Nga Kaikokiri was formed last year as an education advocacy group of the Iwi Leaders Forum. A member, Terry Smith, says the hui discussed a range of topics such as how iwi and parents can help improve results.

He says parents need to go to their schools and ask questions about their children's progress, as well as demanding more from the school.

Meanwhile, Mr Smith says the Government could help by possibly suggesting to schools that they need to engage more with parents. He says the Government cannot tell kura what to do, but it could provide some guidelines.

Mr Smith says some iwi including Ngati Whakaue and Ngai Tahu have been liaising with whanau to encourage them to go to their schools and ask questions about their children's education.