The Ministry of Education establishes the secondary curriculum with accountability to the Minister of Education.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) provides quality assurance for all secondary and tertiary qualifications and administers the National Qualifications Framework.
In Year 13 (the fifth year of secondary school when students are around 17 years old) very able students can attempt scholarship examinations and pursue their NCEA subjects. Visit the NZQA website to find out more information.
To ensure secondary schools are offering high-quality educational programmes, with the best outcome for every student, the Government has established an independent body called the Education Review Office (ERO) to assess schools’ performance.
All teachers of subjects have at least four years of tertiary education and are Government registered. Teachers have annual performance assessments and ongoing professional development. New Zealand trained teachers are well-respected throughout the world.
You can find out more information about studying in New Zealand from the Immigration New Zealand website.