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Quality Of Education In New Zealand

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Who is responsible for the quality of education in New Zealand?

The primary responsibility for the quality of education rests with the organisation that provides those services (the polytechnics, universities, colleges of education, wananga and government and private training establishments).

However, to ensure that both the Government and individuals are investing time and money in quality education, training and assessment, the Government has set up nationally recognised processes.

Quality assurance in university programmes is the responsibility of the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC).

NZQA is responsible for the quality assurance of all education and training outside universities. It also assures the quality of qualifications offered by secondary schools.

NZQA delegates quality assurance functions (other than degrees) in polytechnics and colleges of education to the and the ITPNZ - Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand.

NZQA’s business unit, Approvals, Accreditation and Audit (AAA), checks that providers are doing what they are supposed to be doing — that they are meeting the required business and educational standards.

Specifically, AAA:

  • registers government and private training establishments
  • approves courses offered by these providers
  • approves degrees outside universities
  • accredits providers to award credits on the National Qualifications Framework
  • accredits providers to run approved courses.

What’s meant by the National Qualifications Framework?

NZQA registers national standards, National Certificates and National Diplomas on the National Qualifications Framework. Framework qualifications are quality assured and nationally recognised — and that’s important to your potential employers both in New Zealand and overseas.

An education provider needs to be accredited to teach and assess for credits towards particular standards on the Framework.

So, for example, if you are thinking about a doing a qualification in the workplace, you should check that it is a Framework qualification (a “National” Certificate or a “National” Diploma) or a qualification that is suitably approved.

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