MEETINGS ON MAORI EDUCATION
SECONDARY HEADS DISCUSS
“In my recent visits to Maori schools, both primary and post-primary, I have been greatly impressed by the tremendous progress made in the last 10 years,” said Mr Ray Bradley, Officer for Maori Education, of the Department of Education, in Auckland last June.
Mr Bradley was opening a special in-service training course for 24 principals and senior teachers in post-primary schools where there is a significant proportion of Maori pupils.
Mr Bradley asked the teachers to discuss ways in which Maori students in secondary schools can be helped to make better progress. He pointed out that in Northland College and at Tauranga Maori students had won oratory contests in which there were many entrants. “There was no doubt about their ability to express themselves in English,” he added.
Among the topics discussed by the teachers at the Course in Auckland were the teaching of English, science, social studies and library work in post-primary schools.
Summing up the work of the course at the end of the week, Mr Bradley said there had been valuable discussion on the way post-primary schools could assist Maori pupils, particularly those coming from remote areas.
He also paid a tribute to the serious thought and study the Post-Primary Teachers' Association had given to all aspects of Maori education.
SCHOOLS AND MAORI
The second meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee on Maori Education was held in Wellington last June. Members of the Committee comprised senior officers of the Departments of Maori Affairs and Education. The chairman was Mr F. R. G. Aitken, Assistant Director of Education.
“The committee was formed earlier this year,” said Mr Aitken, “to help officers of Maori Affairs and Education to co-operate more closely on all questions relating to Maori education. And I'm sure that this co-operation will be of great benefit to us all.”
Among topics discussed at the meeting were:
Pre-school education for Maori children.
The role of the Maori Welfare Officer in relation to education and vocational guidance and
The identification and encouragement of pupils of higher intelligence.