Another story about inequality
Just like every other country on earth, New Zealand’s population suffers from racism and prejudices. In our last session, we have learned a few things about New Zealand’s education system and its appearing problems. Even though it’s not necessarily a secret that racism is still a common issue, it’s sad to hear about its influence on the lives of many poeple. When I was doing some research on this topic, I came across a website which maintains that the issue of race in New Zealand schools especially occurs between Maori and Pakeha (New Zealanders who are from European descent). The article also mentions the immigration of people from other directions such as several Asian countries. According to this video, Pakeha students are clearly getting the best grades. I find it a bit strange to read about European kiwis achieving more than Native New Zealanders. It’s beyond unfair that racism and wealth is still influencing the lives of many people and prevents them from getting equal chances concerning their future. In Germany, for instance, it doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor. In most cases you will get financial help if your family doesn’t earn enough money in order to support you.
Another pretty shocking problem is the inadequate support of pupils who suffer from one or several diseases, regardless whether it’s a physical or mental illness. How are all these issues even possible? One reason for this might be that the government probably refuses to pay the additional charges that are required. On the other hand, I’m convinced that many children get discouraged when they have to experience racism and inequality in general and therefore might refuse to learn more or even go to school.
In my opinion, every school should at least try to integrate all the people who get excluded from society due to a disease or their cultural background. Maybe they have to educate the population more in terms of cultural diversity.