29 Aug 2013

Greater uptake for Ka Hikitia programme predicted

7:04 pm on 29 August 2013

A tribal education group predicts a revised Ministry of Education learning programme to lift Maori student achievement will be picked up by more schools.

The Government is investing $80 million in the strategy, Ka Hikitia, over four years to expand the plan, which the Auditor-General said had been poorly introduced five years ago.

Earlier this month the Iwi Education Authority said the ministry couldn't control how schools adopted the scheme, and called for teachers to be held accountable for their students' learning.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the difference this time around is that Maori parents will be given more support and the focus will be on quality teaching and leadership in schools.

Nga Kaikokiri Matauranga spokesperson Awanuiarangi Black says there will be a greater uptake of the programme because of the targets the programme aims to reach.

He says the schools will all be held to account in making sure their Maori students are doing well.