Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Reminder to schools of legal obligation to consult

30 October 2000 Media Statement

Reminder to schools of legal obligation to consult

Education Minister Trevor Mallard has moved to remind schools of their legal obligation to consult with parents regarding the scope and treatment of health education, including sexuality education.

The move follows a complaint from the Quality Public Education Coalition about a leaflet distributed to 4th form students at a state secondary school. The complaint did not name the school.

"The letter of complaint asked me three specific questions:

 Does the government agree that the presentation of this material to students in a state secondary school without parental consultation is unacceptable?
 Does the government believe that a state school should allow students to be pressured into signing such a formidable pledge without parent or guardian input or involvement?
 What value does the government believe this material may have in a state school to inform and assist young people in making sensible decisions about sex and sexuality?

"My answer to the first question is yes. My answer to the second question is no.

"I think that Section 105c of the Education Act which requires schools to consult parents of their students regarding the scope and treatment of health education, including their sexuality education programme, would apply in this situation.

"In consulting with parents, schools would have to engage them in the issue including asking for feedback. That would include explaining clearly what was proposed.

"In regard to the third question, it is not the Government's role to make value judgements on this type of material on an ad hoc basis. What is important is that schools meet their legal obligation to consult with parents.

"I have not received any formal complaint or confirmation which detail the process followed in this specific case. I will therefore not comment on whether due process has been followed.

"The school has been named in some media reports. If parents feel they were not properly consulted, it is a matter for them to raise initially with their school board," Trevor Mallard said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>


Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>


Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels