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Charter school results`excellent': Seymour

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/02/2017

One of the controversial charter schools set up by the government has delivered NCEA results that are above the national average for its Maori and Pasifika students.

Vanguard Military School's provisional roll-based results show Maori students achieved pass rates of 92.3 per cent at Level One, 90.5 per cent at Level Two, and 100 per cent at Level Three.

Pasifika students achieved 85.7 per cent, 100 per cent and 100 per cent at those levels.

The school is run on military lines with strict discipline.

Education Under-Secretary David Seymour, the leader of the ACT Party, says the results are excellent and he's congratulated the school.

"I look forward to seeing more partnership school results announced over the coming months," he said.

Charter schools - the government calls them partnership schools - were set up under ACT's support agreement with the government.

So far nine have opened.

They can be run by business, church or community groups and can set their own curriculum.

They don't have to hire registered teachers and tailor their teaching for students who were failing or under-achieving in state schools.

Teacher unions and the Labour Party fiercely oppose them, and Labour has vowed to abolish them if it wins the election.

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