Requirements for Boards of Trustees of Decile 1-7 Schools and Kura Choosing To Opt In To the Donations Scheme
Section 33 of the Education and Training Act 2020 states that every person who is not an international student is entitled to free enrolment and free education at any State school during the period beginning on the person’s fifth birthday and ending on 1 January after the person’s 19th birthday.
About the Government’s School Donations Scheme
From the 2020 school year as part of the donations scheme, Decile 1-7 state and state-integrated schools are able to choose to receive a $150 per student, per year payment if they agree not to ask parents and caregivers for donations, except for overnight camps.
If the Board of Trustees decide not opt in to the donations scheme, Boards may seek donations toward the cost of curriculum delivery, but cannot compel payment for items that are part of this.
Requirements for Schools and Kura That Opt In To the Scheme
Schools must not seek donations
- Boards of Trustees of schools and kura that opt in to the donations scheme will not be able to ask parents for any donations, except for overnight camps.
- This means Boards of schools and kura that opt-in must not ask students’ families and whānau for donations, except for overnight camps.
- Boards can still require payment for items or services that are extra-curricular.
Decisions must be transparent
- Boards of Trustees are encouraged to consult with their school communities and reflect their views when making decisions about whether to opt-in to the scheme or not, and to let your parent communities know your final decision.
- Boards of schools and kura wanting to opt-in must make the decision each year. It is not possible to opt-in for multiple years.
Schools are subject to monitoring and compliance
- Boards of schools and kura must notify the Ministry if they want to opt in to the scheme.
- The Ministry will provide advice and guidance to support the governance, management and operation of the scheme, including requirements.
- The Ministry will monitor and intervene where there is evidence of a breach of the scheme.
- Boards of schools and kura must provide information to the Ministry on request.
- If a Board of a school or kura breaches the scheme’s requirements, the Ministry may withdraw it from the scheme and/or stop it from joining in future years.
- Where there is a breach, the Ministry may reduce future funding payments made to the Board of a school or kura to recover the funding provided under the scheme.
There are three types of payments made to schools and kura by families and whānau:
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