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Marae-based kura miss out on upgrade funds

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The president of the Principals Federation is questioning how some kura Māori have slipped though a crack in the Government's $400 million hand out of maintenance money for schools.

The Education Ministry says the school investment package can only be used to upgrade crown-owned land and buildings, so it’s not available for schools in leased facilities.

Whetu Cormack says while the federation welcomes the package, he feels for those private and integrated schools who will miss out.

He says it’s an equity issue that some kura aren’t included.

“Many of our schools, our English-medium schools, are sitting on iwi land that was gifted to the crown and now we have a situation here where marae-based kura are being left out. It doesn’t seem fair at all and it does seem inequitable,” Mr Cormick says.

He intends to take up the issue with the Education Minister next week.

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