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Education Ordinance 1847

This is an extract from the Education Ordinance 1847. It outlined the principles for education in New Zealand: 'religious education, industrial training, and the instruction in the English language shall form a necessary part of the system'. Provision was also made for government inspection. The requirement for the use of the English language would become an integral part of the New Zealand education system for all, including Māori whose first language was Māori.

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Ross Calman, 'Māori education – mātauranga - Missionaries and the early colonial period', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Ross Calman, published 20 Jun 2012