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Ngai Tahu opposes charter schools
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Ngāi Tahu is warning that charter schools could be open to corruption and fraud.

The Government wants to use Christchurch as one of the places it will trial the publicly-funded private schools championed by National’s support party ACT.

In its submission on the Education Amendment Bill, which is due for its second reading this week, Te Rūnanga ō Ngāi Tahu highlighted the lack of accountability created by exempting the schools from the Ombudsmen Act, the Official Information Act, and oversight by the Office of the Auditor-General.

The iwi said poverty was a bigger factor in Māori educational achievement than school ownership.

Ngāi Tahu says a better plan is to make all schools run He Kakano and Te Kotahitanga programmes, which have been proved to raise academic achievement.





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