Education Amendment Bill

12 February 2018
New Zealand Government
Publication date:

The Government has introduced the Education Amendment Bill to Parliament.

From the Minister's press release:

The Education Amendment Bill restores guaranteed places for staff and student representatives on Tertiary Education Institution councils. This means that all universities, polytechnics and wānanga will be required to have staff and student representatives as full members of their councils.

These changes recognise the important perspective staff and students bring to the governance of our tertiary institutions.

The Bill also ends the previous government’s failed national standards and charter schools experiments. ...


Extract from the Bill:

  • The Education Amendment Bill (the Bill) amends the Education Act 1989 and the related Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017. The public policy objectives of the Bill are to—
  • strengthen the quality of school education by removing the provisions relating to national standards and the partnership school model from legislation:
  • improve the governance of tertiary education institutions by restoring places for staff and students on their councils:
  • support the introduction of free tertiary education by creating a new offence of making a false representation in relation to an application for free tertiary education:
  • improve the new strategic planning and reporting framework for State and State integrated schools and enable a smooth transition to the new regime:
  • resolve errors and omissions in the Education Act 1989 and the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017, and to address minor and technical issues in the Education Act 1989. ...

Read the Bill.

Last updated: 2018-02-12

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