439 Approval of programmes

(1)

An institution may apply to NZQA for approval of a programme.

(2)

NZQA—

(a)

may grant or refuse to grant approval of the programme to the applicant; and

(b)

is required only to consider the programme as a whole; and

(c)

must give the applicant written notice of its decision to grant or refuse approval; and

(d)

may grant approval for a specified period or indefinitely.

(3)

If 2 or more institutions have prepared a programme together, they may make a joint application for approval of the programme.

(4)

If NZQA considers that there may be grounds for withdrawing approval of a programme,—

(a)

NZQA must give written notice to the institution concerned stating the grounds on which NZQA is considering withdrawing approval; and

(b)

NZQA must give the institution reasonable time (as specified in the notice) to make submissions on the matter; and

(c)

after considering those submissions, NZQA—

(i)

may withdraw approval if it considers there are reasonable grounds to do so; and

(ii)

must notify the institution of the withdrawal (if any) and the reasons for it.

(5)

NZQA may withdraw approval of a programme at the written request of the institution concerned.

(6)

This section—

(a)

is subject to section 453:

(b)

does not limit NZQA’s power to withdraw a programme approval under section 459(6):

(c)

does not apply in respect of NCEA.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 249