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BUDGET 2003: Summary Sheet Education

Educating for a successful, innovative society

An extra $55 million over four years to increase participation in and quality of early childhood education.

Compulsory sector
1. $61.2 million over four years to increase operational funding to schools.
2. $400.7 million in 2003-04 for new school property works, an increase of $108.7 million over the current year.
3. An additional $78 million over four years for ICT in schools.
4. $15 million over four years to improve literacy for year 1 to 8 students.
5. $4.4 million over four years to lift Maori educational achievement.

Post compulsory sector
1. $422 million over four years to increase the Student Component in the tertiary funding system.
2. $34.7 million over four years for the Performance Based Research Fund.
3. $30 million over four years to the Innovation and Development Fund.
4. $150,000 in 2004 for the first phase of a review into the tertiary education workforce.
5. The introduction of a fee maxima policy to provide long-term fee predictability.
6. $23 million over four years for bonded scholarships and fellowships to retain and attract students with valuable skills.
7. $2.8 million over four years for students with disabilities.
8. $36 million over four years for part-time students to access student loans.
9. $4 million over four years for Student Job Search.
10. $353,000 to develop an information package for students on study options.

Announced pre-budget
1. Around $167 million over four years to provide an extra 774 primary and secondary teaching positions above those required to cope with roll growth.
2. Almost $78 million over four years to support the National Certificate of Educational Achievement [NCEA] and the administration of other qualifications.
3. More than $22 million over four years for teacher supply initiatives.
4. $2.65 million over four years to develop a framework for best teaching practice for students from diverse backgrounds, particularly Mäori and Pasifika.
5. $84.34 million over four years to the Industry Training Fund to increase the number of trainees from 100,000 to 150,000 by 2005.
6. $56 million over four years to ensure all 15 to 19 year olds are in education, training or work by 2006. Includes an extra $23.6 million for the Gateway programme and $14.6 million for Modern Apprenticeships.
7. $7 million over four years to help non-English speaking New Zealanders learn English.
8. $800,000 over four years for a tripartite “Skill New Zealand” campaign to promote workplace learning.
9. $50,000 to develop a national centre for vocational education.

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