Media Statement: Have your say on the future of New Zealand education

Monday, November 2, 2015

Local MP Louise Upston is encouraging the communities that make up the Taupo electorate to submit their views on the Government’s update of New Zealand’s Education Act.

“Public consultation on the Government’s revamp of the Education Act is now open and I encourage anyone with an interest in the future of our kids and the education system to have your say,” Louise says.

“The Education Act informs the direction of New Zealand’s education, this update to the current 26 year old Act which focusses heavily on administration and compliance, will make a real difference to the schooling of our kids.

 “Here is an opportunity to redesign the Act to centre on student achievement and really make it more current for the 21st century,” Louise says.

The proposed update draws on the recommendations of the Taskforce on Regulations Affecting School Performance which reported in 2014 that the Act focused on structures and administration.

“We are fortunate to have many effective teachers and learning institutions in our electorate. I hope the community will have their say during this consultation process so we may continue our local educational success,” Louise says.

The consultation process begins today and runs until December 14.

Further information about the consultation and how to make submissions can be found at www.education.govt.nz/education-act-update.

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Media contact: Jess van Haarlem (04) 817 8242.