The Education and Training Bill: Tertiary Education and Training
The Education and Training Bill aims to give all learners a more high-quality, culturally responsive, seamless and inclusive education, from early learning, through schooling, and into tertiary education, vocational training and employment. The Bill is not yet law.
The Bill is the biggest rewrite of education legislation in decades. Much of its content gives effect to the Government’s plans to transform the education system, following the Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation and the Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce report.
The Bill incorporates and replaces the Education Acts of 1964 and 1989, and also incorporates the Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Act and the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Act 2020.
The Bill has been is currently being considered by the Education and Workforce Committee.
Increased period for laying charges
The Bill extends the limitation period for student loan and allowance offences to up to 12 months after the Ministry for Social Development (MSD) becomes aware of offending.
This is to ensure consistency with other similar offences and allows sufficient time for offences to be detected, investigated and prosecuted.
These offences relate to the failure, by institutions and private training establishments, to provide information or who are providing false or misleading information in response to requests.
Student loan and allowance information
The Bill allows MSD to hold social housing information in the same database as student loan and allowances information and social security benefit information.
How this Bill fits with other legislative amendments
The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act and the Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Act will both be incorporated into the Education and Training Bill.
Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE)
The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act 2020 establishes a new regulatory framework to create a unified and cohesive vocational education and training system. The Act institutes the new framework by amending the Education Act 1989 and revoking the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act 1992.
The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Act
The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Act 2019 enables the Minister of Education to issue a code of practice for the pastoral care of domestic tertiary students.
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