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Introduction

New Zealand

Nature-friendly country: Beautiful scenery, four seasons and nice weather

  • Consist of 2 main island(North and South)
  • 53rd largest economy
  • Population: 4.794 million
  • Wonderful climate
  • Excellent quality of education
  • Open-minded & friendly culture
  • Peaceful & leisurely ambience

Education System

Three-tier model of New Zealand Education System

Early childhood education, School education, and Tertiary education

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (ECE) in New Zealand covers the years from birth to school entry age.
It is the first level of education and recognises the young child as a learner from birth.
There are just over 4,000 licensed ECE services available from kindergartens, centre or home based
education and care, to play centres and over 800 playgroups. ECE services have a variety of
different operating structures, philosophies and affiliations. There are full day, part day and casual options.
Some ECE centres are led by registered teachers, while in others, parents, whānau (family) or
caregivers provide the education.
There are also services where a home-based education and care in private homes, with support from
registered teachers who visit and advise. ECE is not compulsory in New Zealand but participation
rates have increased steadily over the last ten years (to around 96%).
Children aged three and four usually attend ECE for around 20 hours per week.

School Education 

Schools provide the second level of education. Free education is provided to New Zealand citizens
or permanent residents in state (government owned and funded) schools between the ages of 5 and 19.

  • Primary education

Children may start school at age five and the majority do so, although schooling is not compulsory until age six. Primary education starts at Year 1 and continues until Year 8, with Years 7 and 8 mostly offered at either a primary, or a separate intermediate school. Primary education focuses on strong foundation learning, especially in literacy and numeracy.

• Secondary education

Secondary school covers Years 9 to 13 (ages 13 to 18/19). State secondary schools are usually known as high schools or colleges. In secondary schools the timetable is arranged around subjects, and although students continue to experience a broad and balanced curriculum, some specialisation is possible especially in Years 11 to 13. Students are provided with professional career information and guidance. After graduating from secondary school, students can enter universities, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) or Private Training Establishments (PTEs).

Tertiary education

Tertiary education includes all post-secondary education including higher and vocational education

It is the third level of education and is delivered by both state and privately owned institutions

  • University

New Zealand has 8 public state-funded universities. All are well-recognised internationally, have stron
international connections and collaborate with universities in other countries on a range of research and
teaching programmes.
New Zealand’s university quality assurance system ensures that the standards of both teaching and
research are high and consistent across all the universities. All New Zealand’s universities offer a broad range
of subjects for undergraduate, masters and Doctoral (PhD) degrees in commerce, science and the humanities.
A number of universities have more than one campus, often located in different cities.
Many have overseas programmes, usually in partnership with an offshore provider, as a base for delivery
of courses. A range of programmes are also delivered online.

  • Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

There are 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) in New Zealand.
They provide professional and vocational education and training on a wide range of subjects from introductory studies through to full degree programmes. Programs are at all levels: community interest courses, English language training, foundation programmes, certificates, diplomas, degrees and some postgraduate qualifications.
The most common qualifications ITPs award are certificates and diplomas encouraging students
to build from lower qualifications to higher ones. Courses emphasize practical experience
and application to work situations such as studios, workshops, laboratories, hospitals
and other workplaces.

  • Private Training Establishments (PTE)

Many of New Zealand’s Private Training Establishments (PTEs) offer specific vocational niches at certificate
and diploma level for occupations. For example, travel and tourism, design, computer training in certificate,
diploma programmes and English language learning, and more. At any one time there are approximately
550 registered Private Training Establishments (PTEs), including registered private English language schools

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