Education Act 1989 - nz
Art used by permission.
By Melissa Watts. Stratford High School.
Parents are legally required to ensure that their children are enrolled and attend school from their 6th birthday to their 16th birthday.
(Section 20 - All NZ citizens must attend)
Parents/Caregivers can be prosecuted for failing to enroll their children.
There are penalties for irregular attendance or condoned truancy
A Principal of a school may exempt a student from attending school for a period of no more than five school days, if the reason is justified.
Current update of Section 29 (Education Act 1989) s29 Penalty for irregular attendance
(1) Every parent of a person who--
(a)While enrolled at a registered school, does not attend as provided in section 25 of this Act; or
(b)While enrolled at a correspondence school, does not do the work of the course in which the student is enrolled,—commits an offence, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding an amount calculated at the rate of [$30] for every school day for which the offence has occurred.
(2)Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a fine imposed for an offence against that subsection shall not exceed [$300] for a first offence against the subsection (or section 120(1) of the Education Act 1964), or [$3,000] for a second or subsequent offence.
(3)The imposition of a penalty under this section does not affect or restrict the operation of any provision of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989.
Compare: 1964 No 135 ss 119(2), 120
History Note - Statutes of New Zealand
Subsection (1) was amended, as from 17 December 2008, by s 5(1) Education (National Standards) Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 108) by substituting “$30” for “$15”.
Subsection (2) was amended, as from 17 December 2008, by s 5(2)(a) Education (National Standards) Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 108) by substituting “$300” for “$150”.
Subsection (2) was amended, as from 17 December 2008, by s 5(2)(b) Education (National Standards) Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 108) by substituting “$3,000” for “$400”.