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The Associate Minister for Education is calling for Pacific people to make themselves heard on long-term plans for education in New Zealand.
Education summit in Auckland. Photo/ MoE.
The education system is set for a major overhaul under the new Government, which is currently calling for feedback through an online survey and education summits in Auckland and Wellington.
The associate minister Jenny Salesa says there's been a good response to the Education Conversation online survey, but she wants more feedback from the Pacific community.
"The survey has been filled out by over 9000 people," she says.
"However we need to get more voices from Pacific people."
The minister is urging Pacific parents and families to contribute to the conversation, which she says will set in motion a 30-year overhaul of the education system.
A series of fono around the country is planned to improve Pacific engagement and get Pacific people thinking about what kind of education they want for their kids.
The minister says she'll keep pushing to make Pacific voices heard.
"The survey is for everybody," she says. "As associate minister of education, responsible for Pacific education, I will go to where the majority of our Pacific people live."
The Education Conversation online survey can be found here https://conversation.education.govt.nz/