28 Apr 2021

Hundreds of teachers not meeting te reo Māori requirements

From Morning Report, 7:52 am on 28 April 2021

Hundreds of teachers are not meeting a mandatory requirement to improve their knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori.

The Teaching Council says it is taking a cautious approach to the rule, which school and early childhood teachers must meet in order to renew their practising certificate each year.

The council says nobody is refusing to comply, but some teachers say they haven't had time to work on their reo or are already fluent. 

Education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.