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Learning names in different languages racist, as kids tackle mispronunciation

Updated: Apr 24, 2019

Contributed by Chris Theobald, Principal of Holy Family School

Source: TVNZ Seven Sharp

The principal of a Porirua school where students are tackling mispronunciation of their names says there's racism in not bothering to learn a name in a different language.

“I believe there is racism in the New Zealand education system and that manifests itself in lots of different ways,” said Chris Theobald, Principal of Holy Family School.

“ If you have simply not bothered to learn that name because it's a language different to your own then I think that's where the racism issue comes into it,” he said.

The students are starting their campaign in the classroom, demanding teachers get name pronunciations right.


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