on par with 'Western science' in schools
It traces back to 2019 when the Government agreed to strengthen NCEA, with a commitment to explicitly reflect and promote mana ōrite mō tē mātauranga Māori, or parity for Māori knowledge, within the main secondary school qualification.
Jackie Talbot, a group manager of early learning and student achievement at the Ministry of Education, told Newshub it is currently being trialled in schools and the findings are being used to refine them for full school pilots through 2022.
She said it means "making sure teachers are supported to design courses that include both what has become known as mātauranga pūtaiao and the scientific knowledge, skills and understandings that have traditionally been taught in New Zealand schools - which we have referred to at times using the phrase 'Western science'.
"These working terms are being consulted upon, and will be adapted if feedback suggests they are not useful."