Additional funding for schools to replace donations from parents/caregivers

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Children and young people have what they need

Lead agency:
Ministry of Education
Action timeframe:
From the 2020 school year

Decile 1-7 state and state-integrated schools (attended by about 63 percent of all students, including 83 percent of Māori and Pacific students), are now eligible to receive $150 per student per year if the school agrees to stop requesting donations from parents and caregivers.  This Budget 2019 initiative aims to alleviate financial pressure on families who struggle to pay school donations, as well as benefitting eligible schools by providing them greater certainty of revenue or increased revenue.

More schools opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. - 1,664 (94%) of the 1,764 eligible schools.  This impacts the families of more than 447,000 students.  

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