May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Educational Review report Treaty “least evident principle”

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Education spokesperson for the Maori Party, Te Ururoa Flavell, is shattered by the findings of the recent Education Review Report, which reveals that the Treaty of Waitangi principle is the least evident principle being followed in the school curriculum.

[sws_pullquote_right]In 43 of the 109 schools surveyed the Treaty principle was the least evident of the eight principles of the New Zealand Curriculum. [/sws_pullquote_right] It is not as if the Treaty of Waitangi is a new principle in the curriculum said Mr Flavell. The New Zealand Curriculum Framework (1993) included the principle that The New Zealand Curriculum recognises the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi. The problem has always been in the implementation.

It is hardly breaking news then, that the Education Review Office recommends that schools still need to strategically address, through the curriculum, the Treaty of Waitangi principle.

But what is positive about todays report is that it recommends that the Ministry of Education must support school leaders and teachers to develop deeper understanding of the principles identified as being least evident and least enacted.

Todays report provided a clear benchmark in reporting on schools where the Treaty of Waitangi principle was evident in the curriculum. In these schools :

  • Te reo me ona tikanga Maori was valued and promoted at many levels of the school (trustees, teachers, students) through powhiri, karakia and kapa haka;
  • Students had opportunities to visit local marae
  • Relationships were established with local iwi that supported students learning

We are also very pleased that the work being advanced by the Maori Party, in developing Tataiako cultural competency standards for educators will be available to support schools addressing another area of weakness the expression of cultural diversity.

1 thought on “Educational Review report Treaty “least evident principle”

  1. the treaty of waitangi is an important foundation document of this Country. It would be easy to adopt in education cirriculum, as a thread to all learning. through the treaty of waitangi we learn about the taonga of this country, manakitanga to each other and also the environment. in turn we learn about better health and lifestyles that reflect how we care for our environment, and ourselves. All the principles of maori tanga can resonate through who we are, through the education system. We could then have better outcomes for our tamariki and whanau.

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