30 Jun 2020

One hundred schools ditch fifth birthday starts

From First Up, 5:34 am on 30 June 2020

Education Ministry figures show 101 schools are no longer allowing children to start class on their fifth birthdays. Instead, they're accepting children at the start and middle of each school term, a system known as cohort entry. Fans of the scheme say it is a lot better for children to start school in a group. The principal of Tawa School, Barri Dullabh told our education correspondent, John Gerritsen, the system has been through some changes.