The Education Act 1989 has recently been repealed and replaced by the Education and Training Act 2020 (see http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2020/0038/latest/LMS170676.html.) YouthLaw is in the process of updating this page to reflect the new law. Please be aware that the law, as stated on this webpage, may not be current. If you need advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us and leave a voice-message at 0800 884 529.
An education is an essential part of any young person’s life and helps young people to develop the social and academic skills necessary to proceed into adulthood. It can also be a very stressful and intimidating environment. Schools may demand you to pay fees which you are unsure about having to pay. You might, for some reason or another, be unable to make it to school on a certain day. Principals and teachers may enforce rules and punishments which you think are too harsh. You might even be suspended or expelled, and unsure of your options as to what to do next.
Through all of this, it is important to recognise that you have rights as a student. Whilst schools and principals wield a lot of authority, they must nevertheless act according to the law. This section will look at your rights and responsibilities in a number of areas of school life, including enrolment, attendance, school rules, behaviour and discipline policies.