"Disappointment over Govt's call to kill language bill" - Susan Warren, Newstalk ZB

Posted on 07 June 2021

There is disappointment over news the Government is set to cull a proposed law that would have forced schools in New Zealand to teach a second language.

Schools would have had to pick one out of a selection of 10 languages which included te reo Māori and sign language.

The Labour-led parliamentary committee examining the bill, originally proposed by ex-National MP Nikki Kaye, oppose making 10 languages a priority. It says that te reo Māori and sign language should be the priority languages because they are both official languages.

And it said Cook Island Māori, Niuean and Tokelauan and other Pacific languages needed to be valued and taught.

Community Education Trust (COMET) chief executive Susan Warren admitted to Heather du Plessis-Allan the bill was not perfect, but the news is disappointing.

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