Education

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MANA believes a fully funded, fully equipped high quality public education system from early childhood to tertiary level, is the best investment a country can make in its own future.

MANA supports a comprehensive Feed the Kids programme at every school and ECE centre to help alleviate poverty and enhance learning – starting in low decile areas.

MANA supports making Te Reo Māori a core subject in all state-funded schools to help promote the country’s awareness of its first language and enhance the value of the reo.

MANA supports changes that address inequality because students’ learning achievement is directly related to the income of their parents and families - children from well-off homes in well-off schools do better than those in less well-off homes and schools.  

Raising achievement requires investment in job creation, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, and raising benefit levels to liveable levels, as well as investment in early childhood and school education. 

TE REO MĀORI

  • MANA supports Te Reo Māori being made a core subject in the curriculum of all state-funded schools, with a priority on Māori children learning Te Reo Māori first while also enabling all children in Aotearoa to develop fluency and comfort in its use, to help promote the country’s awareness of its first language and enhance the value of the language.
  • MANA supports an increase in funding to ensure the availability of quality teachers and resources for Te Reo Māori
  • MANA supports the strengthening and expanding of teacher-training opportunities throughout the country for Kaupapa Māori Education. 

KAUPAPA MĀORI EDUCATION

  • MANA proposes a restructure of the Education Act to give recognition to “tino rangatiratanga” in the development of Kaupapa Māori schools.
  • Instead of requiring schools to set up under different categories (Kōhanga Reo, Puna Reo, full immersion ECE, Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kura a Iwi, Kura Rūmaki Reo, Wharekura, Kaupapa Māori Schools, Tai Wānanga, Te Ātaarangi, and Wānanga) MANA proposes that the Education ACT be changed to cover and encourage the development of Kaupapa Māori Education.
  • This would include current models and provide for Māori-driven and Maori controlled education in new schools in terms of curriculum, governance, structure, financing and accountabilities in ways that reflect kaupapa Māori education. 

KŌHANGA REO

  • MANA supports the recommendations of the Waitangi Tribunal for more funding to:
    • upgrade the quality of Kōhanga facilities;
    • provide a greater selection of resources;
    • Increase the number of qualified teachers;
    • increase participation by whanau and tamariki;
    • increase the number of Kōhanga Reo in low decile areas;
    • put Kōhanga Reo on the same funding ratio as mainstream ECE centres;
    • provide free reo classes for whānau to help strengthen the language in the home; provide free breakfasts and lunches in all Kōhanga;
  • MANA calls on the Crown to complete negotiations with the Kōhanga Reo National Trust in respect of the Waitangi Tribunal (Y2336) report and recommendations 

KURA

  • Increase funding for Kura Kaupapa to achieve the following goals:
    • Double the number of new Kura Kaupapa being built each year;
    • Ensure Kōhanga Reo graduates have access to quality, local, Kura Kaupapa;
    • Develop a curriculum and assessment system consistent with Te Aho Matua;
    • Limit class sizes to a teacher-student ratio of 1:15.
    • Invest in training and professional development of Kura Kaupapa teachers;
    • Provide free reo classes for whānau to help strengthen the language in the home;
    • Provide free breakfasts and lunches in all Kura
    • Community hubs with free dental, healthcare, social support services, and gardens 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

  • Increase funding to raise minimum standards in ECE, including:
    • An adult: child ratio of 1:3
    • Minimum qualifications for those working in home based services
    • Qualified and registered teachers in teacher-led, centre based services
    • Increase funding to non-profit ECE centres to meet new standards
    • Increase funding to playcentres to cover costs of paid administrators
    • Make it easier for whānau to set up new community ECE centres
    • Enhance the learning and development of children with special needs
    • Ensure services are culturally relevant to the communities they serve
    • provide free breakfasts and lunches in all state/community ECE centres 

STATE SCHOOLS

  • Increase funding to state schools to achieve the following goals:
    • quality teaching and learning environments
    • free, state and community-owned schools
    • Limit class sizes to a teacher: student ratio of 1:15.
    • Invest in training and professional development of teachers and school leaders
    • Provide culturally relevant environments that engage all learners and help them succeed
    • Provide free breakfasts and lunches in all schools – starting in low-decile areas
    • Develop schools as community hubs with home-school and literacy classes, free dental, healthcare, social support services, and community gardens
    • Replace National Standards with processes that help parents assess their child’s progress
    • Boost funding for special education, including the education of gifted and talented children
    • Improve the quality of alternative education
    • Incorporate civic education into all schools to encourage critically conscious students
    • provide life skills for high school leavers
  • Cancel public private partnership contracts for schools and abolish the charter schools policy  

TERTIARY

  • Increase funding and ensure it is shared equally across the whole tertiary sector
  • Make tertiary institutions cooperate on course provision to maximise education funding
  • Restore funding for Adult and Community Education (ACE) to at least 2009 levels
  • Improve access to free tertiary education for all students  
  • Abolish all tertiary fees and cancel interest on student loans
  • Provide students with jobs to help them pay off debt
  • Develop a plan to write off student debt
  • Provide students with a living allowance while studying
  • Re-establish students’ organisation at every tertiary institution
  • Incentivise graduates to work in areas of identified need
  • Ensure student, staff, community representation on the boards of all tertiary institutions
  • Recognise Wananga as equal to other tertiary institutions for academic and financial purposes
  • Allocate research funding in a way that is far and equitable and inclusive of Māori aspirations
  • Fund Māori providers of tertiary education (PTEs) as part of Kaupapa Māori Education
  • Ensure continued funding for Māori Research Institutes
  • Acknowledge the extra roles expected of Māori tertiary staff
  • Develop special provisions to protect Centres of Māori Learning
  • Incentivise tertiary institutions to develop Māori-relevant studies across all departments
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