20 Jun 2012

We don't need league tables - kura group

6:48 pm on 20 June 2012

A network of Maori language schools says league tables are not needed.

Kura Kaupapa Maori says parents already know what's happening in the classroom and they're empowered to collectively run the schools.

Prime Minister John Key believes league tables are useful to parents who want to know how schools are performing - using information from national standards.

But Kura Kaupapa Maori says information on Maori values aren't embraced in the gathering of data about tamariki.

The tumuaki (president) of the organisation Toni Waho says any ratings using only literacy and numeracy information don't tell the whole story.

He says his members work with families to educate well rounded children that are valued and are valuable to their communities - especially their whanau, hapu and iwi.

Mr Waho says it's a little worrying that league tables, if they're introduced, wouldn't capture the whole child - there would be a very narrow view.

Te Runanga Nui o Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa has 64 members and represents 80% of the total immersion Maori language schools established by the Government.

Another group representing Maori immersion schools says it would support any introduction of league tables.

The Iwi Education Authority, a body acting for 23 kura, says public rankings would challenge schools to raise their game.