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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Post-primary education in New Zealand includes that section of education provided in schools beyond the primary and intermediate school stage and before that given in universities or in senior technical institutions. The average age of entry of pupils to post-primary schools is 13 plus and, while all must stay at school until attaining the age of 15, many carry on until the completion of a full course of study at the age of 17 and even later. Post-primary education is free for any pupil who has completed a primary school course or who is 14 years of age, and the free place is generally tenable up to the end of the year in which the pupil reaches the age of 19.


Joseph Langmuir Hunter, M.A., B.SC., Chief Inspector of Post-primary Schools, Department of Education, Wellington.