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Education future open for comment

The Ministry of Education has invited the public to comment on the future of education in New Zealand, issuing a discussion paper setting out the long-term vision, objectives and actions resulting from an Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga it held with almost 50,000 New Zealanders.

Announcing the initiative, the Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins said that agreeing the way forward for education would allow the changes New Zealanders have said they wanted to see in early childhood centres, schools and tertiary institutions, and strengthen a system that supported lifelong learning.

“Nearly 50,000 New Zealanders told us how they wanted education to change,” Mr Hipkins said.

“Today I am releasing a blueprint, Shaping a Stronger Education System with New Zealanders, for that change.”

He said the blueprint contained a number of strategic objectives, including learners at the centre of education; great education opportunities and outcomes being within reach for every learner; quality teaching and leadership to make the difference for learners and their whānau; and learning to be relevant to the lives of New Zealanders today and throughout their lives

“The discussion document also sets out the draft priorities for the Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP), covering early learning and schooling, and the draft priorities for the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) covering tertiary education and training, research, and lifelong learning,” Mr Hipkins said.

He encouraged people to have their say on the draft priorities with consultation on the draft TES closing on 25 October and on NELP 25 November.

The Ministry’s 32-page discussion paper can be accessed at this PS News link.