MP seeks community input on the future of education

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is encouraging the wider community to have a say on the Government’s update of the Education Act. 

“Public consultation on the Education Act revamp is now open and I encourage anyone with an interest in the future of our education system to submit their views,” the MP said.

“The Education Act informs the direction of New Zealand’s education and we want this update to the Act to make a real difference to the schooling of kiwi kids. The current Act is 26 years old and focusses heavily on administration and compliance.  

"Today we are more aware than ever as to how children and young people are doing at all levels of our education systems. This review will provide us the opportunity to redesign the Act to centre on student achievement in the 21st  century."

Mrs Dean said the Waitaki electorate was fortunate to have many effective teachers and learning institutions within its boundaries and she hoped the consultations would lead to continued local educational success.

The discussion document contained a number of proposals, but were not set in stone.

"That's why I hope those people and parents interested in education take this opportunity to have their say, "Mrs Dean said.

The consultation runs until December 14 and further information about the process and how to make submissions are at


Authorised by Jacqui Dean, MP for Waitaki, Thames Street, Oamaru.