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Tikanga Changes as Kura Opens at Alert Level 2

Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tāwhiuau in Murupara, Bay of Plenty joined thousands of other schools around the country in preparing their kura for the return of kaimahi and ākonga under Alert Level 2 this week.

Tūmuaki Pem Bird says it was awesome to see the tamariki back at kura this week. One of the biggest differences was the change in tikanga they were required to make in line with social distancing practices.

More about the changes - Ministry of Education

Social Media Misinformation About Legislation: Secretary for Education

Early this week, and again today I have been alerted to social media that is wrong, and is creating fear amongst parents because it says that a law passed on 13 May gives powers to Police and others to uplift children from school if they appear unwell and forcibly administer medication.

Police have not been given any such powers. If a child is unwell at school the parents or caregivers will be contacted in the usual way to collect their child. There is no change to school practice in this regard.

Schools and early childhood services are excluded from the requirements of the Level 2 Order apart from having to have appropriate contact, physical distancing, and hygiene measures in place.

The information being circulated about the impact of the Order on schools is wrong.

Iona Holsted

Secretary for Education

Budget 2020: Significant Investment Supporting Māori Learners

Last Thursday the Government announced the first stage of Budget 2020.  Significant investments across education were announced and we encourage you to visit our website for a summary of the Vote Education 2020 Budget announcements.

A significant investment in supporting Māori learners, Kōhanga Reo, and revitalising te reo Māori.

A total of $200 million is being provided to support Māori learners and whānau to reconnect and succeed in education post COVID-19, strengthen the integration of te reo Māori into all students’ learning, and boost support for Māori learners and whānau to stay connected with education services following COVID-19. /this includes:

  • $51.0 million to support iwi and Māori organisations to provide facilitation and brokerage services between Māori ākonga and whānau and local education services
  • $108.3 million to expand delivery of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, strengthening the capability and confidence of up to 40,000 kaiako and teachers to successfully integrate te reo Māori into all ākonga learning, online and in the classroom using innovative learning approaches
  • $13.0 million to expand delivery of Te Kawa Matakura to three more regions and create more young Māori leaders through mātauranga and te reo Māori, supported by iwi
  • $8.0 million over the next four years to maintain delivery of a te reo Māori immersion programme for whānau nationally for up to 75 new whānau each year
  • $15.3 million to increase te reo Māori curriculum resources
  • $4.4 million will contribute to ensuring the successful implementation of all the Māori language initiatives.

Announcement from Associate Minister of Education, Hon Kelvin Davis - Beehive (external link)

The budget - Ministry of Education (external link)

Investing in tamariki, mokopuna and kōhanga reo.

In addition to the investment of $200 million, the Government will invest a further $196.2 million into kōhanga reo. As part of a comprehensive COVID-19 response, the Government is committed to revitalising te reo Māori and giving mokopuna the best start in their early learning.

This $196.2 million will:

  • Improve kaiako and kaimahi pay rates, and meet other pressing funding needs ($93.4 million over four years)
  • Increase kōhanga reo ECE subsidy funding rates ($65.076 million over four years from July 2020)
  • Increase the Trust’s funding for the kōhanga reo network and people (total $13.760 million over four years)
  • Provide funding for kōhanga reo property assessment and upgrades (total $21.120 million over four years)
  • Assist kōhanga reo to work with the Trust to support kōhanga whānau who have tamariki with learning support needs ($2.8 million to work with the Trust).

More information on the budget - Minsitry of Education

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis' Budget Media Release - Beehive (external link)

Hardship Fund for Tertiary Students

Last week's Budget also included a hardship fund for tertiary students.

Here's some commonly asked questions and answers to help tertiary students get access to this fund.

Who is eligible to access this hardship fund?

Most domestic full-time and part-time tertiary learners facing hardship from COVID-19 are eligible to receive this funding through this initiative. Learners should contact their provider to discuss what support they may require and be eligible for. Industry trainees are not eligible for this specific fund as there is help from the Trades and Apprenticeships Training Package. Students in Employer led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy are also excluded.

How can learners access this money?

Learners should contact their provider about what support they require.

When will this additional support be available?

We anticipate paying the funding to TEOs before the end of May.

What can this money be used for?

To cover basic living costs that currently enrolled learners are unable to meet such as food, utilities, rent or other unexpected expenses. For costs related to transitioning to online learning should be meet through the Technology Access Fund for Learners.

Kairuruku for Kura a Iwi

Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa (NKAI) , the organisation that represents and advocates for Kura ā Iwi around the motu, will soon be employing a team of experts to provide support and leadership for their kaiako.

The newly created Kairuruku roles will initially be focused on supporting kaiako that teach NCEA 1-3 but eventually more will be employed to provide support for kaiako teaching Years 1-8.

Kairuruku for Kura a Iwi - Ministry of Education

Tips for Parents and Whānau

The Ministry of Education's Parents website has loads of information including tips and checklists, and advice about playing it safe.

Explore the Parents website - Parents (external link)

Frequently Asked Pātai

Will my tamaiti/mokopuna still get a device in Alert Level 2?

Please check in with the school or kura that your tamaiti/mokopuna is enrolled with regarding the arrival of a device for your tamaiti/mokopuna.  Some devices have been shipped, other devices are still being sourced.

I ordered a hard pack of learning resources for my tamaiti and haven’t received it yet.  Are we still going to receive this pack for my tamaiti/mokopuna now that we have shifted to Level 2?

If you placed an order for a Māori Medium resource pack with correct address details, your resource pack will arrive. For English medium resource packs, the school or kura your tamaiti attends would have placed the order so please call the school and ask them for an update on when your tamaiti can expect to receive their resource pack.

Is distance learning going to stop in Alert Level 2?

No.  Home Learning TV has been extended until the 10th June, with an option of a further extension until the end of term 2.  Learning From Home website (external link) has also published details of lessons that will be available in the coming weeks.

My tamaiti received a device to support his learning from home.  So now we are in Level 2, does he get to keep the device?

Devices provided to ākonga by the Ministry belong to the kura/school they are enrolled in, in the same way that devices the kura/school provided to ākonga to take home belong to the kura/school.  The device will need to be returned to the kura/school when they ask for it.  Tamariki and rangatahi attending kura/school from Monday may be asked to bring their devices to use in class, or to continue using them for online learning.  We expect kura/schools will provide information to ākonga about what to do.  If you are unsure, check your kura/school’s Facebook page or contact the kaiako/teacher of your tamaiti for further information.


Tracer App Launched

The NZ COVID Tracer App was launched yesterday and will assist with contact tracing in New Zealand.

Please note you will still need to maintain your contact tracing register (through your visitor register and timetable for example) at this time. The App does not send data to the organisation that has generated the QR code and therefore cannot replace your visitor register. Future versions may offer increased functionality, including linking with other Apps that undertake a similar function, and we will update you should this situation change.

How to use the NZ COVID Tracer app - Ministry of Heath (external link)

Advice and information on Level 2 - Ministry of Education (external link)

What you need to know about Level 2 - COVID-19 (external link)


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