24 Feb 2012

New Zealand minister calls for Pacific parents to take greater role in kids' education

8:07 am on 24 February 2012

The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs says Pacific communities need to take more responsibility for their children's education and teaching their languages.

Hekia Parata, who is also the education minister, says she wants urgent, measurable improvements in Pacific children's achievement.

But she told a meeting of Pacific leaders in Auckland, yesterday, the government can not achieve that on its own - and needs Pacific communities to be an active partner.

Ms Parata says Pacific parents need to get on school boards and enrol their children in new Pacific language preschools the Government is funding.