Hato Petera College – threatened stand downs illegal

Hato Petera College is accused of acting illegally after sending every year 13 pupil a letter which threaten stand downs  if they fail NCEA.

YouthLaw, a free legal service representing pupils with grievances against schools, says the letter clearly breaches the Education Act.

In his September 2 letter, principal Hohepa Campbell said many of the co-ed Maori school’s seniors were underperforming and at risk of not achieving the National Certificate of Educational Achievement.

“The disappointing behaviour for all year 13 students includes: truancy, disruptive behaviour in class, non-completion of work, swearing and lack of respect for others.

“To best ensure a positive outcome for each year 13 student, we are taking a zero tolerance approach to academic and behavioural non-compliance. This will take the form of immediate stand-downs from Hato Petera College.”

The Education Ministry says it plans to discuss the matter with the board chairman.



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