18 Jun 2012

Taranaki kura wants commissioner out, own team in

7:43 pm on 18 June 2012

A south Taranaki iwi says it wants a Government-appointed commissioner gone from its local Maori language school.

Te Kura O Nga Ruahine Rangi in Mangatoki is under Ministry of Education governance following a critical Education Review Office report.

It identified problems with the kura charter, curriculum development, professional leadership, the quality of teaching and learning and whanau engagement.

But the local tribe, Nga Ruahine, and whanau say they'll have the right staff in place by the end of the year.

Iwi chairman John Hooker says since the commissioner was sent in three years ago, teacher standards have declined and the school roll has dwindled from 90 to 19.

He says work's being done on providing the best schooling for their tamariki.

Mr Hooker says they want good governance, a stable tumuaki (principal), and fluent Maori speaking staff who can teach the children in te reo Maori.

He says the iwi will on Tuesday hold a meeting with the Ministry of Education on the future of the kura, which teaches up to year 10.