The Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Davoy has called for Te Reo Māori to be compulsory in New Zealand schools. She said being bilingual would be “a real added advantage” to young Kiwis and more people knowing Te reo Māori would help race relations.
A priority for all children in an English speaking country is to first master English. Too many children leave school with inadequate reading and writing skills. Furthermore, each child’s subject choices have the relevant to their talents and aptitudes.
Figure 1: Prose literacy by ethnicity, 2011
Lower levels of literacy and numerously is much higher among Māori and Pasifika…
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