Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced the new initiative today, stressing the importance of having a forum for young people to share their views on New Zealand’s education system.

“Our schools are all about and for our young people, so it’s really important to me that we have a way for them to share their views,” says Minister Kaye.

Kaye is keen for the group members to share their experiences of education as well as any suggested improvements.

The advisory group will be made up of ten young people aged between 14 and 18.  Another group of young people will have the opportunity to be part of an online youth forum which will discuss and test insights gathered from the advisory group, to ensure diverse viewpoints are gathered on selected education topics.

“It’s totally up to the students what they want to discuss when the advisory group meets, but as a starter I imagine topics could include things like student wellbeing, the education priorities that matter most to young people, and the role of digital technology in learning and assessment,” says Kaye.

The Education Minister will approve the final members of the advisory group from a shortlist provided by the Ministry of Education. The first advisory group meeting will be held in February 2018.

“The students’ insights will be shared with the Ministry of Education’s leadership team, relevant business groups and other education agencies. I’m really looking forward to hearing directly from young people about their experiences of education. I expect them to bring a fresh perspective and insights about our education system, and the most important issues they’re facing,” says Kaye.

Online registrations of interest will open on Monday 14 August 2017 on the Ministry of Education website:


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