WELLINGTON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand history will be taught in all schools and kura (school in Maori language) by 2022, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced on Thursday.
The curriculum changes will come into effect in 2022. They will be gazetted during 2020 in order to give schools and kura time to prepare to implement them.
"This government is committed to a better New Zealand that we can all be proud of and which recognises the value of every New Zealander," Jacinda Ardern said.
The National Curriculum currently enables schools and kura to decide how New Zealand history is covered, but variation in delivery means too much is left to chance in the teaching and learning of New Zealand history, Jacinda Ardern said
"The curriculum changes we are making will reset a national framework so all learners and ākonga (student) are aware of key aspects of New Zealand history and how they have influenced and shaped the nation."
The Ministry of Education will work collaboratively to develop a New Zealand history update. Once the updates to the curriculum are known, existing supports will be reviewed and an implementation package with teaching and learning resources will be developed ready for the 2022 school year, according to the ministry.