Education Legislation Amendment Act 2016
The Education Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (the Act), came into effect on 29 October 2016.
It amends several Acts, including some parts of the Education Act 1989, and makes improvements to the administrative and governance arrangements for educational entities and funding organisations. These changes are different to the proposals currently being consulted on to update the Education Act 1989.
The public policy objectives of the Act are to:
- strengthen existing legal regimes to make them more effective and efficient
- modernise out-of-date legislation so it remains relevant, effective, and fit for purpose
- address situations where, over time, the law has become inconsistent with practice or has given rise to practical difficulties
- address omissions in the law.
Amendments covered in the Education Legislation Amendment Act 2016
- Enabling a principal to manage more than one school
- Varying school opening hours
- Enabling the use of national student numbers in online learning
- Enabling the Secretary for Education to approve terms and conditions of employment additional to those in applicable collective agreements (concurrence)
- Managing school Boards of Trustees’ payrolls
- Enabling home-based early childhood education services to offer out of school care at the same time
- Regulatory framework for TEI investment in related entities
- Streamlining the process for setting conditions on fees charged to domestic tertiary students
- Modernisation of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Act 1945
- Modernisation of the Pacific Island Polynesian Education Foundation Act 1972
- Miscellaneous amendments
- Modernising the governance of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research
- Enabling School Boards to employ trainee teachers
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