From a large number of Kindergartens to some of the world-famous universities, New Zealand has it all. Here are the various levels and sublevels of the New Zealand education system that you should know.
Early Childhood Centres
New Zealand has 4000+ licensed childhood centres that take care of the education for the little ones. Some of these childhood centres include childcare centres, playgroups, kindergartens, etc.
Next in the hierarchy of the New Zealand education system is Primary Schools. These are the schools that impart knowledge to the students falling in the age bracket of five to 10 years. All the subjects that are taught to the students are guided by the New Zealand National Curriculum. A special focus is maintained to develop and hone the reading skills and analytical skills of the students.
These schools in New Zealand are for the students who age 11 or 12 years. These schools prepare the students for higher education.
Students who are aged between 13 to 18 years go to the secondary schools. These schools have been further bifurcated into State Schools, State-Integrated Schools, and Private Schools. A majority of students in these schools work towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement. Other than learning some vocational disciplines, the students are also taught subjects such as tourism, agriculture, computers, etc.
Tertiary Education in New Zealand
This is that one part of the education system in New Zealand which interests most of the international students including the students from Sri Lanka. There are a total of eight funded universities in New Zealand. They all offer higher degree-level education to the students enrolled with them. Further, there are 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics which offer vocational courses degree to the students. There are around 550 Private Training Establishments in the country providing both diplomas and certificates.
Wananga is the Maori providers of tertiary education in the country. New Zealand has a total of three Wananga, and they teach according to the tradition and custom of Maori. They offer diplomas, certificates, and degrees when students enrolled with them complete the course. These Wananga also offer specialized knowledge about any specific area and provide a doctorate too for the same.
The education system in New Zealand is quite broad. But it is structured and governed by various authoritative bodies. Thus, when you decide to make New Zealand as your study overseas destination, you are assured of top-quality education along with government approved recognition in terms of a degree, certificate, or a diploma.
For more information on the education system in New Zealand visit the Study in New Zealand website.