Governance in New Zealand
- Government Agencies
- Policy and Plans
The Ministry of Education is the New Zealand Government’s lead advisor on the country’s education system. As well as strategic leadership and developing policy the Ministry of Education has a substantial operational role in the early childhood and schooling sectors. The funding and management of all forms of post-secondary education and training is the responsibility of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). The TEC manages the government’s annual NZ$3 ($US2.5) billion investment into the tertiary education system, aiming to meet government tertiary education priorities. StudyLink, a service of the Ministry of Social Development, is responsible for the administration of student loans to students in tertiary education. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is responsible for managing the country’s qualifications framework and ensuring that New Zealand qualifications are regarded as credible and robust.
Ministry of Education
Tel: +64 4 463 8000
Minister: Hekia Parata
Minister (tertiary education, skills and employment): Steven Joyce
Secretary and chief executive: Peter Hughes
Tertiary Education Commission
Tel: +64 4 462 5201
Chief executive: Tim Fowler
Chair: John Spencer
Public spending on education was 7 per cent of GDP in 2011.
Following a thorough-going review of the 1992 curriculum, and extensive consultation, a new school curriculum was launched in 2007/08. Since the early 1990s, the population has become increasingly diverse, technologies more sophisticated and the demands of the workplace more complex.
Beyond school education the government aims to make lifelong learning available to all New Zealanders and to strengthen the links between educational institutions and their client communities, and encourage innovation.
In March 2012, the New Zealand Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour Association’s Effective Resource Teachers Learning and Behaviour Practice was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards. The association assists teachers and schools to meet the needs of students at risk of underachievement due to learning and/or behavioural difficulties.
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