Ngā Haeata Mātauranga: Annual Report on Māori Education 2007/08
Ngā Haeata Mātauranga – The Annual Report on Māori Education, 2007/08 is the ministry’s one-stop-shop for data, evidence and information about Māori education.
Author(s): Education Information and Analysis Group / Group Māori [Ministry of Education]
Date Published: February 2009
Message from the Secretary for Education
E ngā pou o te mātauranga, e ngā pia o te wānanga, e ngā whare o te kōrero, tēnā koutou. Ko te ata hāpara, ko te ata haea, ko te ata o te raukura whakairo, nei rā ngā kupu aumihi, te pukenga mai o te whakaaro, te hiringa mai o te mahara, tēnā koutou.
Greetings to you, the stalwarts of education, the body of students, the institutions of learning. The dawning of knowledge and enlightenment is nigh and it is timely therefore to acknowledge the concepts and principles that underpin and motivate our academic and intellectual pursuit.
In April 2008 with the launch of Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success we challenged ourselves to step up the education system’s performance for and with Māori learners.
This year’s Ngā Haeata Mātauranga – Annual Report on Māori Education is an important measure of that performance step up. It presents the latest data and profiles case studies of excellence within the education system.
It is heartening to see evidence of young Māori and their whānau increasingly involved in early childhood education, and gaining the foundation literacy and numeracy skills needed for a smooth transition to school and future learning.
Evidence of effective home–school partnerships are seen in initiatives such as the Parent Development and Support project profiled in the Foundation Years chapter (chapter 2). One inspiring example of these partnerships is the work of the Waikato services Te Whānau Pūtahi Childcare and Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka.
Partnerships teach us that successful and effective relationships have a positive impact on Māori student outcomes. They also show how learning can be tailored so Māori learners enjoy education success as Māori – acknowledging the vital importance of identity, language and culture within the teaching and learning process.
Within the school sector, the achievement data for Māori showed steady improvement. More Māori students gained NCEA Levels 1 to 3 – particularly within the Māori-medium sector – and there was a decline in the number of students disengaging at the crucial year 9 and 10 levels in English-medium schools.
Case studies from Wymondley Road School (chapter 2) and Massey High School (chapter 3) show what is possible when schools emphasise effective, high-quality teaching and professional and accountable leadership.
This year, we’ve seen a stronger emphasis on te reo Māori me ōna tikanga with the launch of the curriculum document for English-medium schools and its partner for the Māori-medium sector – Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. This historic document is New Zealand’s first curriculum to be developed and written in te reo Māori, and is a major achievement for the Māori language education sector.
In the coming months there will be an increased focus on setting Māori language education priorities, including further work to strengthen establishment processes for Māori-medium schools, support effective teaching and learning of and through te reo Māori, improve the supply of high-quality teachers and build the evidence base for mātauranga Māori.
The Organisational Success chapter clearly shows we are undergoing important changes as we embed Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success within the ministry and set up a platform for transformation within the sector.
Ngā Haeata Mātauranga clearly highlights that the need for system change persists. There is still plenty to do to support Māori learners to realise their potential through education and to ensure that our education system delivers equitable outcomes for all New Zealanders.
Real, tangible and sustainable system change requires all of us, as part of the education system, to focus on what we know works – together we can make the difference. I look forward to continuing to work with you all as we build a system that supports ‘Māori enjoying education success as Māori’.
Ngā Haeata Mātauranga and future reports will be our report card; one of our measures of success.
Let us celebrate our achievements and be optimistic about the opportunities we have to address the challenges that remain.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.
Secretary for Education
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