New Zealand is generating worldwide
recognition as a country that provides quality education to New
Zealand and international students. From early childhood
education through to polytechnic and university, New Zealand
offers a professionally unique learning environment.
New Zealand offers a wide range of early childhood services from
private operators through to community groups and voluntary
agencies, namely kindergartens, care centres and playcentres. The
Ministry of Education and the Education Review Office (ERO)
regularly monitor these.
Primary & Secondary
Schooling is compulsory in New Zealand for all children from
their sixth until sixteenth birthday and schooling is free at
state (government funded) schools until the age of 19. Parents
are, however, expected to meet some minor costs, including the
cost of school books, stationary and uniforms. Costs vary widely
depending on individual school requirements.
Most New Zealand students attend state-funded schools while
private or independent schools receive only limited government
funding. The New Zealand Curriculum is built around the
acquisition of essential academic and practical skills. It
identifies 7 academic or essential learning areas and
8 practical or essential skills.
New Zealand has eight universities which all offer general
undergraduate and graduate degrees and diplomas in arts, sciences
and commerce, as well as specialist degrees in particular
disciplines. There is also numerous Polytechnics, Colleges of
Education and Private Training Establishments offering a wide
range of academic and professional courses.