Maori preschools threatened by $400m cuts

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(Source | Waatea News) Labour leader Phil Goff says Maori will be particularly hard hit by $400 million in cuts to early childhood education.

He says Labour has surveyed more than 400 early childhood centres about the cut in the subsidy which was intended to increase the number of trained teachers.

He says the message has come back that fees will need to rise on average by 20 percent, participation levels will fall, and the number of qualified teachers will drop.

That was particularly so in Maori and Pasifika centres where they said fee increases are just going to lock a lot of children out because their parents simply cant afford increases of $30, $40 a week to keep their children in quality early childhood education, Mr Goff says

He says more than 1000 Maori and Pasifika children will be denied early childhood education because of the cuts.

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