International students under Year 9 – Have your say

The Ministry of Education is launching a review of international fee-paying students of ages under Year 9.

New Zealand Principals’ Federation President Perry Rush said, “This is an important review which will examine the appropriateness of having international students younger than year 9 in schools.”

Although he suggested the timing of the review is ‘unfortunate’, he urged educators to have their say in shaping planning for the future of young international students in Aotearoa.

He said, “At this time of year, principals will have little gas left in the tank to respond. However, if this affects you, I encourage you to. NZPF will also submit a response.”

To have your say on enrolling fee-paying international students in school years lower than Year 9, visit:


Heather Barker Vermeer

Heather has worked as a journalist, writer and editor in England and Aotearoa New Zealand for over 20 years. She fell in love with words when she received a 'Speak & Spell' tech toy for Christmas in 1984.
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