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More than 500 educators graduate programme aimed at strengthening te reo in classrooms

More than 500 teachers and support staff have graduated from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori as the Government attempts to integrate Te Reo Māori into schools by 2025. 

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said the programme Te Ahu o te Reo Māori "has always been about strengthening the education workforce to use te reo Māori regularly and correctly".

The Government earlier pledged $12 million to further 700 people's te reo in the education sector. 

"Now 527 people have already graduated with a good grasp of te reo and even better, they’ll be using it every day in our early learning centres and classrooms; making it the norm," Mr Davis said. 

Another 120 participants are going through the Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme beginning this month. 

Classroom. (File photo) Source: istock.com