Charter schools ‘bad for Maori’

An education expert from Chile says charter schools will not set Maori up to succeed.

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Ernesto Trevino is giving lectures in New Zealand on the similarities in educating disadvantaged children in Aotearoa Zealand and Chile and what he sees as the dangers of charter schools.

The schools have been operating in Chile for 30 years and Professor Trevino said moves to introduce more of them in New Zealand them will have a negative effect.

Mr Trevino said Maori have a holistic approach to learning which is not prized in what he describes as a market-style education system.

Research shows charter schools tend to select students that are more able to keep costs down, he said.

He said the philosophy behind charter schools means competition between schools is encouraged which only widens educational inequalities.

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