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Graphic: An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966.


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.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Education Boards

The 10 district education boards in New Zealand are responsible for the establishment, control, and management of public primary schools within their districts, including the provision of school buildings and other services. They are also responsible for the establishment and operation of district high schools, which are public primary schools with secondary departments attached; for the management and control of teachers' training colleges, and for the selection of students for entry to these colleges. Board members are elected by the school committees of the public primary schools within their education district. Boards' staff are employed under conditions of service laid down by regulations. The funds of education boards are derived from grants distributed by the Department of Education. The State also subsidises funds raised in the local community for extra amenities for schools.