65A Length of school year

(1)

The Minister may, before 1 July in any year, prescribe the number of half-days on which schools must be open during the next year; and different numbers may be prescribed for schools of different classes or descriptions.

(2)

Except as provided in this Act, every board shall ensure that each school it administers is in every year open for instruction on the number of half-days required under subsection (1).

(2A)

If, because of a strike or lockout, a school is not open for instruction on any half-day, the school is, for the purposes of subsection (2), deemed to be open for instruction on that half-day.

(3)

Where the Minister has not in fact prescribed for a school a number under subsection (1) in respect of any year, the Minister shall be deemed to have prescribed in respect of the year the number prescribed (or deemed under this subsection to have been prescribed) for the school for the year before.

Section 65A: inserted, on 23 July 1990, by section 17(1) of the Education Amendment Act 1990 (1990 No 60).

Section 65A(2): amended, on 20 May 2010, by section 17 of the Education Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 25).

Section 65A(2A): inserted, on 6 April 2004, by section 6 of the State Sector Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 15).