Education Act 1989

Before its repeal, this Act was administered by: Ministry of Education
  • repealed
  • Education Act 1989: repealed, on 1 August 2020, by section 669(3)(b) of the Education and Training Act 2020 (2020 No 38).
27 Principal may exempt from attendance for short period


If satisfied that a student’s absence was or will be justified, the principal of the school may exempt the student from attending the school for a period of no more than 5 school days.


The parent of a student exempted under subsection (1) is not subject to section 25 in respect of the student for the period to which the exemption relates.


In the absence of evidence to the contrary, a certificate from the principal of a school that—


a student was absent from the school for any period; and


the principal is not satisfied that the absence was justified,—

is proof that the student was absent for that period without being exempted under subsection (1).


For the purposes of subsection (3), judicial notice shall be taken of the appointment and signature of every principal.

Compare: 1964 No 135 s 118(9)