New Zealand has unveiled plans to ensure free schooling for children, with all schools and primary schools offering free education.
New Zealanders must enrol in free school-led programs starting in 2019 and must be enrolled in these programs by the age of 18.
The plan also includes free school attendance for primary school aged 12 years and above.
New Zealander Chris Daley said the government was « really working hard to make education free for everyone ».
« If you’ve got kids that are on free school programs, and you can go out to see them and you get a free meal, that’s great.
But if you’ve kids that aren’t in free schools but have to attend the state schools or in the private schools that they don’t have to pay for, then it can be quite difficult for them, » Mr Daley told news.com.au. »
They can get bored.
They can get frustrated.
They might even have to drop out. »
The plan has been welcomed by all three main parties in the New Zealand Parliament, including Labour.
Opposition leader Jacinda Ardern said she was proud of the government’s efforts.
« It’s good news for parents and teachers and students everywhere that the Government is making a major change to our education system to ensure all children have access to the education they need to succeed and to grow up as independent, healthy and successful individuals, » Ms Arderns said.
« This is a significant step forward for New Zealand, where more than 30 per cent of the population is below the poverty line, and is a vital part of our country’s success in helping to create a better, more just and more prosperous society for future generations. »
Ms Ardernes said the change would help reduce the cost of tertiary education.