Those of us who work in Pasefika Bilingual units have our own stories to tell. Many of us are forced to test our children using the English National Standards and then our children are benchmarked against English only programmes. How can you benchmark an immersion language child learning to read in Samoan or Tongan against literacy goals and standards in English which they have not yet begun to use? This is what is happening here in New Zealand(See national Standards paper on this site).

Look also at what is happening in Early childhood education. This is the foundation for our children. Cuts have been made here.Only 80% of ECE teachers need to have a teaching qualification now so Govt has withdrawn the funding if you have over 80% registered teachers.
Govt insisted that our Early Childhood teachers become registered in order to gain funding. Our teachers did that. They worked hard and tripled their numbers. So what did the new National Govt do- cut their funding. Tell them they no longer needed to be so highly qualified.

Table 4: Registered early childhood service teachers
Year
Number of registered ECE teachers
Number of non-registered ECE teachers
Percentage of registered ECE teachers

Pasifika
Non-Pasifika
Total
Pasifika
Non-Pasifika
Total
Pasifika
Non-Pasifika
Total
2002
167
4,075
4,242
776
7,219
7,995
17.7
36.1
34.7
2003
187
4,357
4,544
876
7,617
8,493
17.6
36.4
34.9
2004
208
4,832
5,040
920
7,545
8,465
18.4
39.0
37.3
2005
425
6,734
7,159
734
5,877
6,611
36.7
53.4
52.0
2006
539
7,552
8,091
690
5,572
6,262
43.9
57.5
56.4
2007
631
8,443
9,074
607
5,511
6,118
51.0
60.5
59.7
2008
808
9,512
10,320
669
5,872
6,541
54.7
61.8
61.2
2009
919
10,854
11,773
620
6,004
6,624
59.7
64.4
64.0
2010









2011









2012









Target
1,208





>44%