Education (Strengthening Second Language Learning in Primary and Intermediate Schools) Amendment Bill

  • defeated on 09 June 2021
5 New section 60C and 60E inserted

After section 60C, insert:

60C Priority language programme

(1)

Every board must, for each primary school it administers, prepare, adopt and maintain a priority language programme in accordance with section 60D.

(2)

The priority language programme prepared under subsection (1) must identify, from the national priority languages, at least one school priority language.

(3)

The purpose of a priority language programme is to ensure that all students at the school are provided with the opportunity to learn the school priority language as a second language.

(4)

A priority language programme must contain, in respect of the school priority language, for each year of schooling, the following–

(a)

the areas of knowledge and understanding to be covered by students in that year; and

(b)

the skills to be developed by students in that year; and

(c)

desirable levels of knowledge, understanding, and skill to be achieved by students in that year.

(5)

For the avoidance of doubt, a primary school is not prevented from offering other languages in addition to the school priority language.

(6)

In this section primary school means a school established under section 146 as a primary school or an intermediate school.

60D Consultation about priority language programme

(1)

A board must not adopt or amend a priority language programme under section 60C without first—

(a)

consulting with the school community; and

(b)

having regard to the school community’s views.

(2)

The purpose of the consultation required by subsection (1) is to—

(a)

inform the school community about the content of the priority language programme; and

(b)

ascertain the wishes of the school community regarding the school priority language; and

(c)

determine, in broad terms, the second language learning needs of the students at the school.

(3)

A board may adopt any method of consultation that it considers will best achieve the purpose set out in subsection (2), but it may not adopt a priority language programme until it has—

(a)

prepared the priority language programme in draft; and

(b)

given members of the school community an adequate opportunity to comment on the draft priority language programme.

(4)

In this section, school community has the same meaning as in clause 1 of Schedule 6.

60E National language policy

(1)

The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, issue a national language policy.

(2)

A policy issued under this section provides guidance boards in respect of their obligations under section 60C and must—

(a)

specify the date on which it comes into effect;

(b)

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

(c)

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

(3)

Before issuing a policy under this section, the Minister must consult with those stakeholders in the education sector that he or she considers ought to be consulted.

(4)

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.