|Name:||Education Act 2013 (No. 12 of 2013).|
|Subject(s):||Education, vocational guidance and training|
|Type of legislation:||Law, Act|
|Entry into force:|
|Bibliography:||Legislation on-line Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII) PDF of Act (consulted on 2015-04-13)
|Abstract/Citation:||The two main objects of the Education Act 2013 are to improve the quality of education in Kiribati, and to promote compulsory education. The Act seeks to make available to every student in Kiribati an education that will maximise the student's educational potential and enable the student to become an effective and informed member of the community.
The Act seeks to achieve this through measures such as requiring adherence by schools to the national educational framework and approved syllabuses, requiring all teachers to be qualified and registered, providing for the registration of all schools, imposing minimum standards on all schools, and placing responsibilities on parents and the Government in relation to the education of children of compulsory school age.
The current Education Ordinance has been in force since 1976. Its provisions are outdated and cumbersome to administer. In 2006 the Ministry of Education commenced work towards an Education Bill that would be suitable for Kiribati, and that would enable us to improve the standard of teaching and the standard of education. This Act is the end result of a long internal process of developing policy standards that suit the needs of Kiribati in terms of regulating and improving primary and secondary education, and translating that policy into draft legislation.
The Act provides for primary and secondary education, and for the registration of all schools, be they Government's or private's. The Act reaffirms the right of every child to education, and the responsibility of every parent to choose a suitable educational environment for their child.