The Associate Minister of Education says the government's education work programme for the next three years is their commitment to lifting and sustaining achievement rates for Pacific students.
The three-year work programme includes a review of NCEA, a review of Tomorrow's Schools and developing a future-focused education workforce strategy to help Maori and Pacific learners.
Jenny Salesa says helping Pacific communities to thrive in education is a priority for the government.
"Our government work programme places a high priority on improving Pacific student achievement and it reflects our commitment to ensuring our education system is responsive to Pacific children, our young people, our families and our Pacific communities."
Salesa says there'll be a strong focus on raising teaching standards and strengthening family support in their upcoming reviews.
"Evidence tells us that the biggest influence on our Pacific achievement is the quality of teaching and the biggest out-of-school influence on our students is parents, families and our communities," she says.
"Thus our focus on encouraging and supporting culturally-responsive teacher practices that recognises the identities, our languages and our culture."
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