Education and Training Bill

5 Minister may issue statement of national education and learning priorities

(1)

The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, issue a statement of national education and learning priorities for early childhood education, primary education, and secondary education.

(2)

The notice may contain the statement in full or describe the statement in general terms and indicate where the full text can be obtained.

(3)

A statement issued under subsection (1)

(a)

must be consistent with the objectives set out in subsection (4); and

(b)

must specify the date on which it takes effect; and

(c)

remains in effect for a period of 5 years unless earlier withdrawn or replaced by notice in the Gazette; and

(d)

must be published on an Internet site maintained by or on behalf of the Ministry.

(4)

The education and learning objectives for early childhood education, primary education, and secondary education are—

(a)

to help each child and young person attain their educational potential; and

(b)

to promote the development, in each child and young person, of the following abilities and attributes:

(i)

resilience, determination, confidence, and creative and critical thinking:

(ii)

good social skills and the ability to form good relationships:

(iii)

participation in community life and fulfilment of civic and social responsibilities:

(iv)

preparedness for work; and

(c)

to instil, in each child and young person, an appreciation of the importance of—

(i)

the inclusion of different groups and persons with different personal characteristics:

(ii)

diversity, cultural knowledge, identity, and the different official languages:

(iii)

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te reo Māori.

(5)

Before issuing a statement, the Minister must comply with subsection (6) and consult those involved in early childhood education, primary education, and secondary education that the Minister thinks fit to consult.

(6)

The Minister must make reasonable efforts to consult—

(a)

children and young people; and

(b)

national bodies representing the interests of—

(i)

teachers:

(ii)

principals:

(iii)

governing bodies of schools:

(iv)

early childhood services:

(v)

parents:

(vi)

the disability community:

(vii)

support staff in schools and early childhood services:

(viii)

Māori education organisations:

(ix)

Pacific education organisations:

(x)

proprietors of State integrated schools:

(c)

national bodies that have a particular role in respect of the character of character schools.

(7)

Minor changes to a statement issued under this section—

(a)

may be made without undertaking the consultation required by subsections (5) and (6); and

(b)

do not, for the purposes of subsection (3)(c), constitute a withdrawal or replacement of the statement being changed.

(8)

A minor change under subsection (7) is limited to a technical, short, or uncontroversial amendment that does not change or extend the policy of the statement.

(9)

A statement issued under this section is neither a legislative instrument nor a disallowable instrument for the purposes of the Legislation Act 2012 and does not have to be presented to the House of Representatives under section 41 of that Act.

(10)

Except as provided in subsection (3)(a), the objectives set out in subsection (4) do not limit or affect the way in which any person is required to exercise a power or perform a function under Part 2 or 3.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 1A