Nearly a quarter of New Zealanders have some form of tertiary education andcurrently about 40% of school leavers go directly to tertiary training. Tuition fees are not fully covered by the state, and students are expected tocontribute to these. Tertiary education fees vary considerably depending on thecourse of study and the chosen provider of the course.
There are eight government-funded universities in New Zealand and all haveinternationally respected academic and research standards. At university, studentscan work towards bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.
Career and Vocational Training
New Zealand has 25 polytechnics providing a very wide range of courses up to andincluding degree-level. Polytechnics also provide short courses, pre- employmentcourses and vocational education training courses.
Types of school
The majority of students in New Zealand attend state-funded schools, howeverthere are a number of schooling options available to parents, caregivers andstudents.In general a child can attend any state school, even one that is not the closest towhere they live. It should be noted however that this is not always the case.
State schools are co-educational (mixed sexes) at primary and intermediate level,but some offer single-sex education at secondary level. Lessons are based on theNew Zealand Curriculum.
Special schools are state schools that provide education for students with specialeducation needs. The curriculum is the same as at other state schools.
Integrated schools are schools that used to be private and have now become part of the state system. They teach the New Zealand Curriculum but keep their ownspecial character (usually a philosophical or religious belief) as part of their schoolprogramme.