to acquire rapid antigen tests
Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa, the council of Māori-medium schools, has criticised the actions of the Ministry of Education in a Twitter post.
Condemning the lack of dialogue between kura kaupapa and local district health boards, the council has called the application process for rapid antigen tests (RATs) inequitable.
“What we’ve found across the board is that without personal connections to the Government it has been very difficult to acquire RATs,” said Rawiri Wright, principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna in Wellington.
That was inequitable, Wright said, because schools should not have to rely on whom they know to get help. He said he knew that wasn’t the experience of every kura, but that his situation wasn’t “unique”.