New Zealand education ranked as the 7th best in the world
New Zealand education has been ranked as the 7th best in the world by PISA (The Programme for International Student Assessment). So you can be sure your children (or yourself if you are looking to go to university in New Zealand) will receive the very best education.
New Zealand education is free and compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16; generally children start school on their 5th birthday, or the first School Day after it. The New Zealand education school year varies between institutions, but generally runs from end of January through to middle of December for primary and secondary schools and polytechnics, and from late February until mid-November for universities.
New Zealand education for very young children, kindergartens provide early childhood schooling for children from the age of three to five years. Some New Zealand education institutions have waiting lists – but you can place your child on this list from 2 years old.
Morning or afternoon sessions are available and Children can attend either. Morning sessions are usually held around five times a week and afternoon sessions three. These sessions are informal and focus on play and developing social skills. Kindergartens usually have two to three trained teachers, though parents are expected to do their bit with class supervision and fundraising and committee work. Most kindergartens open from 8:45am to 11:45am and from 12:45pm to 3:30pm. While free a donation is expected.
A feature of New Zealand education is students attend state-funded schools and every student has the right to enrol at the school nearest to where they live. However in the more popular schools, where their is great demand for places, the school can set a ‘home zone’ which means only those in a defined area can attend. If the school is still at risk of overcrowding, selection is made through a supervised ballot.
Families have the right to visit schools and meet with the principal and staff before deciding on the right choice for their children.
New Zealand education- state schools are fully funded by the Government. At primary and intermediate level they are co-educational with classes that include both boys and girls. Both co-educational and single-sex schooling is available at secondary level.
State schools do not charge fees. However, parents are expected to make donations towards the support of programmes and services. Also expect extra charges for stationery and of course uniforms. Children must be enrolled at primary school by their sixth birthday.
Secondary schools: From age 12 or 13 through to 17 or 18 (Year 9 to Year 13), students attend secondary school/high school, college or grammar. Students are usually grouped in classes, but generally have different teachers and go to different classrooms for each subject.
New Zealand education/Universities: New Zealand has eight universities. All offer general undergraduate and graduate degrees and diplomas in arts, sciences and commerce, as well as specialist degrees in particular disciplines. Undergraduate degrees such as a BA (Bachelor of Arts) or a BSc (Bachelor of Science) take three to four years to complete.
All university students must be able to speak English and some universities have a set level of competency.
Based on the British model, the New Zealand education/university system is research-based. Academic staff are expected to be active researchers and teachers. This ensures a high quality learning experience. The universities’ representative body, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, has statutory responsibility for university course approval and moderation procedures. That quality assurance mechanism is supported by the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit. These systems ensure that university education in New Zealand is of a consistently high standard.