Kapi-Mana News : November 1st 2011
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By KRIS DANDO Kris Faafoi HEKIA PARATA (National) says her party s cen- tral attitude comes down to the ideal of raising achievement for young people. With two teenage daughters herself, she says she understands how important it is to keep kids engaged, from preschool to those seeking career pathways. She says National has prioritised education to the tune of $12.2 billion in 2011-12. We have the full range of choices in Mana, from parent-led options such as Playcentre and Kohanga Reo, both of which have been included in the 20 hours provision by our Government. Raising achievement relies on our kids learn- ing to read and write and do maths at primary school . . . they need to learn these basics as part of a full curriculum experience that explores the world around them through science, social studies, arts and culture and sport. Ms Parata says National Standards is a tool that gives an early indication on whether children are learning, and what might help them. She says only 20 schools out of 2500 across NZ have returned charters without reference to the controversial new policy. One in five children leaves school with the basic skills they need to succeed in a modern economy. This is not acceptable [and] it is clear to me that our schools and their boards in Porirua and Tawa understand that. JAN LOGIE (Greens) says they don t support National Standards. Each child will have an indi- vidual path when it comes to learning but the standards create a universal child , with no ref- erence to students for whom English is a second language, cultural differences, or the 20 per cent that are lagging behind . For us it s about redressing poverty issues for school children, which creates better outcomes. We all know that education is not a level playing field and standards like these can stigmatise. We want a plan from early childhood right the way through [to secondary school] that is based on best evidence. I think there is the wrong emphasis in too many places right now. Ms Logie says the Greens want to see child- centred learning and more operations grants for schools, better connections between early child- hood and post-primary levels, more funding for special education and bringing back adult edu- cation (cut by National last year) and community learning centres. KRIS FAAFOI (Labour) says his party wants to go back to basics -- quality teachers and more parental involvement in schools. This issue is personal to me [having a young family]. Everyone will tell you children are our most precious asset so we need to get it right. I ve visited most of the early childhood centres in this area in the past 11 months and we re committed to protecting the 20 hours free and having 100 per cent qualified teachers. We need to be making sure kids feel com- fortable in our schools. Mr Faafoi says they favour a scheme to track student progress against the national curricu- lum, showing progress over a year, identify those not achieving and report information in plain language to parents. National Standards are not the answer and will do nothing to lift the achievements of our kids , he says, especially those in lower-decile schools. My hat is off to the Mana principals and teachers who are making their opposition well- known: they are saying this is something that will not work. If nine out of 10 builders say it s not the right way to build a house, you wouldn t do it. Sunshine on gala Wheel fun: It's hard to know who's having more fun -- Scott Tansley or his son Joshua -- on the mini-4WD cars at the Paremata School Gala on Saturday. By KRIS DANDO Paremata School is famously lucky when it comes to turning on good weather for its annual gala, and Saturday s event was no exception. Many hundreds of people came through the gates as the school turned on the good weather, with children young and old enjoying the Retro Divas and other entertainment on stage, horse rides, a climbing wall and the many different types of food on offer. A particular highlight was seeing principal Bryce Coleman, National MP Hekia Parata, Labour MP Kris Faafoi and Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett getting soaked with buckets of water in the dunk tank sideshow. Mr Coleman was pleased with how the day panned out, which raised over $23,000. The money will go towards a number of projects, includ- ing upgrading the school s IT equip- ment. There was fantastic input from the parents and we were thrilled, especially considering how bad the weather was before Saturday. Every- thing went smoothly and we appreci- ated the school and wider com- munity for coming down to support us.
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