Education Standards spell national progress

Night classes and community education are great ways to encourage people to get interested in learning again. Some people take classes for personal interest, others to learn important new skills. National knows these classes are an important steppingstone for learners from our ethnic communities. However, because of the tough economic conditions, we are placing the highest priority on funding courses…

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Muslim School joins Integrated System

A Muslim educational institution providing Islamic education and the New Zealand curriculum has obtained Government permission to become an Integrated School. Zayed College for Girls (ZCG) based in the South Auckland suburb of Mangere (44 Westney Road) joined the 330 plus Integrated Schools on New Year’s Day. The School is owned and managed by the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan…

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Integrated schools must remain independent

Integrated schools are a unique feature of New Zealand’s schooling landscape and make a vital contribution to parental choice and the diversity of schooling options available in this country. These schools maintain a “special character” and have more freedom than state schools over what they teach, whilst still receiving financial support from the state. Integrated schools enjoy a greater level…

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Continuous education for professional development

Make the most of learning at The University of Auckland, New Zealand’s leading University and an international centre of learning and academic excellence. The Lifelong Learning programme at the Centre for Continuing Education offers a wide selection of courses, seminars and events throughout the year. There are 16 languages taught at the Centre, including Hindi, which has become popular with…

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Fiji Hindi becomes a subject of controversy

Controversy is raging in Fiji between proponents and opponents of a proposal to teach Fiji Hindi in schools. Hindi is a great language but ‘Fiji Hindi’ is unteachable! The expose of Ba based eminent educationist, author and poet Jogindar Singh Kanwal in Fiji Times (December 16) is worthy of consideration. Fiji Hindi is strongly rooted in Indo-Fijians living in Fiji…

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Challenge motivates scholastic success

When Ummy Amin arrived in New Zealand six years ago from Somalia, she was subject to the usual taunts and ridicules that many refugees experience in their life’s journey. But thanks to the encouragement that she received from many of her teachers at the Victoria University and more importantly, the Wellington based Multicultural Learning and Support Services Centre (McLass), she…

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Paucity of talent and capital restricts growth

New Zealand must emphasise growth in high value exports to achieve GDP per capita with Australia by 2025. That statement formed the crux of a recently released report, titled, Plugging the Gap: An Internationalisation Strategy by the New Zealand Institute. The Report focuses on one element, namely, how to “improve the performance of internationalising businesses.” It identifies two barriers to…

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Tax reforms offer selective relief

It began with a report of the Tax Working Group (TWG) established by the Centre for Accounting Governance and Taxation Research of Victoria University, in conjunction with the Treasury and Inland Revenue. The Group examined a number of issues, including personal and company taxes and expressed concern over the efficiency, equity and integrity of the current taxation system. The Report,…

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