Education and Training Act 2020

Release from tuition

50 Release from tuition on religious or cultural grounds

(1)

This section applies to students enrolled at a State school that is not a State integrated school.

(2)

A student over the age of 16 years, or a parent of a student under the age of 16 years, may ask the principal to release the student from tuition in a particular class or subject.

(3)

A request under subsection (2) must be made in writing and at least 24 hours before the start of the tuition.

(4)

The principal may not release the student unless satisfied that—

(a)

the parent or student has asked because of sincerely held religious or cultural views; and

(b)

the student is to be adequately supervised (whether within or outside the school) during the period of release from tuition.

(5)

On receiving a request from a parent under subsection (2), the principal must, before agreeing to release the student, take all reasonable steps to find out the student’s views on the matter.

(6)

Subject to subsection (4), the principal must release the student from the tuition and (if the student is to be supervised outside the school) let the student leave the school during the tuition unless satisfied that it is inappropriate to do so, having regard to—

(a)

the student’s age, maturity, and ability to formulate and express views; and

(b)

any views the student has expressed.

(7)

Nothing in this section limits or affects section 59.

Compare: 1989 No 80 s 25A