Requirements for Decile 8-10 Schools/Kura and Schools/Kura Not Opting In to the Donations Scheme
Section 33 of the Education and Training Act 2020 states that every person who is not an international student is entitled to free enrolment and free education at any State school during the period beginning on the person’s fifth birthday and ending on 1 January after the person’s 19th birthday. This means that schools cannot charge domestic students a fee for enrolment or attendance, or for the delivery of the curriculum.
About the Government’s School Donations Scheme
From the 2020 school year as part of the donations scheme, Decile 1-7 state and state-integrated schools are able to choose to receive a $150 per student, per year payment if they agree not to ask parents and caregivers for donations, except for overnight camps.
Implications for Boards of Trustees
If the Board of Trustees decide not opt in to the donations scheme, Boards may seek donations toward the cost of curriculum delivery, but cannot compel payment for items that are part of this.
Boards of Trustees of decile 1-7 schools are encouraged to consult with their school communities and reflect their views when making decisions about whether to opt-in to the scheme or not, and to let your parent communities know your final decision.
There are three types of payments made to schools and kura by families and whānau:
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