The Ministry of Education is consulting on a number of proposals to amend the Education and Training Act (the Act) 2020. These proposed changes, if agreed, would form part of the upcoming Education and Training Amendment Bill (no 2).
Proposals include suggested changes to how school board elections are run, ensuring that all education employees are Police vetted before they begin work, to strengthen and clarify Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand processes dealing with teacher conduct, enabling the Educational Review Office to review professional learning and development services, and possibly changing the priority categories for out of zone enrolments in state schools.
These proposed changes are designed to encourage greater and more diverse participation in the governing of our schools, to strengthen student voice in our schools , to improve the safety and wellbeing of all our learners, to support continuous improvement in our education services and to gauge the appetite for making changes to the current priority categories for out of zone enrolments.
Other proposed changes are designed to enable vocational education to respond better to the needs of industry and learners.
These deal with giving the Government greater flexibility to make changes to the requirements on tertiary providers charging a Compulsory Student Service Fee (CSSF), using the National Student Number to support workplace-based learning, and giving the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) greater discretion around cancelling a Private Training Establishments (PTE) registration.
All consultations have now closed.