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New Zealand Education


New Zealand Education

New Zealand Education

New Zealand education adheres to the three-level model which consists of primary schools, high schools (secondary schools), and college (university-based tertiary education).


The country’s program for International Student Assessment ranks as the seventh best in the world.

Education in New Zealand is compulsory and free from the ages of 6 to 16, although children typically begin going to school on their 5th birthday or on the 1st day of school after it. The New Zealand National Qualifications Framework (NQF) regulates education which is post-compulsory.


The NQF is a combined system of nationwide qualifications in training, schools, and vocational education.
New Zealand’s academic year changes among institutions, but it generally starts for primary, secondary, and polytechnics schools from the latter part of January until the middle of December, and for universities from the latter part of February until the middle of November.

Education in the primary and secondary level are compulsory for students aged 6 to 16 (sometimes 15 with school and parental permission), and is considered a right until the close of the calendar year after the 19th birthday of the student.


Students with disabilities with special needs for education can remain until the close of the calendar year after their 21st birthday.

Most students begin going to school when and after they turn 5 years old, and stay in school for the entire thirteen years. School Plus, a recent proposal made by the government of New Zealand, would have students stay in school in some form of education until they turn 18.


There have been some cases though wherein several private, state area, and state integrated schools have take on students from age 0 to 13, or age 7 to 13. There are 3 types of schools in New Zealand: state schools, state integrated schools, and private schools. The Government funds state and state integrated schools.

Private schools, on the other hand, receive approximately a quarter of their funding from the State, and make up the rest on tuition fees. State integrated schools had once been private schools that have now been assimilated into the state system under the 1975 Private Schools Conditional Integration Act. Its goal in doing this is to safeguard and preserve the exceptional educational character provided by that institution.

According to a private school advocacy group, Independent Schools New Zealand, approximately 86% of all children who are school-aged go to state schools, 10% of them go to state integrated schools, and only 4% go to private schools.
Recently, New Zealand has adopted a system wherein school levels are recognized by number of the year. Prior to this, a Forms system, Standards and Juniors was employed. Even though this system is no longer in use in administration, some schools still use it (mostly independent ones). It is also still used during discussions with older generations who, understandably, prefer to employ the system they are more use to.

NZ Education

The numbers 1 to 13 are used to identify the year. Up to the 6th year, the level is primary, up to the 8th year the level is intermediate, and the last 5 years is dedicated to secondary education.



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