[lg policy] NZ teachers making Samoan school books by hand in own time

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Jun 17 11:36:31 EDT 2019


NZ teachers making Samoan school books by hand in own time
AMANDA SAXTON05:00, Jun 16 2019

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CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF
Soreta Felise of south Auckland's Finlayson Park School says bilingual
teachers need better support from the government.

Soreta Felise spends countless hours gluing printed out Samoan words over
the original English text of children's books.

It's in her own time, but the bilingual Samoan teacher at south Auckland's
Finlayson Park School says "I just have to" because there aren't enough
resources for Pasifika language units available in New Zealand.

Felise, 59, wants the government to either ramp up its support of Pasifika
bilingual education – or compensate the teachers compelled to make course
materials essentially from scratch.
[image: Soreta Felise says she puts in the extra hours because she can't
bear to see students "swimming without hope".]
CHRIS SKELTON / STUFF
Soreta Felise says she puts in the extra hours because she can't bear to
see students "swimming without hope".

Ministry of Education entablement and support sector deputy
secretary Katrina Casey confirmed the ministry was aware of the issue.

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"We acknowledge the time and effort of these teachers and principals to
provide bilingual opportunities," she said.

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National scrapped the popular 'Tupu' bilingual language series in 2010.
Last year Labour introduced a new series, called Dual Language, but it only
caters to year four students and younger.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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