16 Dec 2013

Iwi wants 100% student success rate

6:38 am on 16 December 2013

Te Whanau a Apanui iwi along the East Coast will take a zero tolerance stance on the failure of students and its three local schools from 2017.

The Raukorere School, Te Kura o Omaio and Te Whanau a Apanui Area School all affiliate to the tribe, which recently handed its new education strategy to Education Minister Hekia Parata.

The manager of the iwi plan, Willie Te Aho, says the iwi is striving for a 100% achievement rate for its students by 2017, which is higher than the Government's goal of 85%.

He says to do that, it wants to bring its schools under a single learning system with one timetable and one Board of Trustees, to be more resourceful and efficient.

Mr Te Aho says the strategy seeks to also invest in rural areas to combat de-population, which has resulted in school roles dropping by half since 2000.

He says the iwi also wants a zero tolerance to whanau failure and will provide wrap around help, similar to Whanau Ora.