This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This Order in Council, which comes into force on 2 April 2013 and remains in force until the close of 1 April 2014 when it is revoked (see clause 12), replaces the Canterbury Earthquake (Education Legislation) Order 2012 (the 2012 order), which expires on 1 April 2013. This order carries over the provisions of the 2012 order except for clauses 5 and 11. Accordingly, the effect of this order is to modify the operation of the Education Act 1989 (the Act) by—
providing for special enrolment schemes for schools in the specified area to manage risk to the school network and students' education and welfare (see clauses 4 and 5):
allowing the meaning of “half-day” to be varied immediately by the Minister, without consultation requirements, and requiring school boards to apply the varied meaning, so as to accommodate necessary variations in the opening and operating hours of schools (see clause 6):
extending the circumstances in which interventions can be made in schools under Part 7A of the Act to include managing risk to the school network and students' education and welfare that may occur as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes (see clauses 7 and 8):
allowing the Minister to re-establish a school if its relocation would contribute to the rebuilding of the part of the school network damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes (see clause 9).
This Order in Council also modifies the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 by allowing the Secretary for Education to waive, in certain circumstances, the licensing fee for a licensed service that was closed by the Canterbury earthquakes (see clause 10).
This Order in Council is made under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 and its effect is temporary.