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  • Education system in New Zealand

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    Overview of the education system (EAG 2020)
  • On average, 30% of all upper secondary students enrol in VET programmes in New Zealand, a lower proportion than the OECD average of 42%.
  • In 2019, 44% of 25-34 year-olds had a tertiary degree in New Zealand compared to 45% on average across OECD countries.
  • In New Zealand, in 2018, 25-64 year-olds with a tertiary degree with income from full-time, full-year employment earned 29% more than full-time, full-year workers with upper secondary education compared to 54% on average across OECD countries.
  • In 2017, New Zealand invested a total of USD 11 098 per student on primary to tertiary institutions compared to USD 11 231 on average across OECD countries. This represents 6.3% of GDP, compared to 4.9% on average across OECD countries.
  • In 2018, 93% of 3-5 year-olds were enrolled in early childhood education and care programmes and primary education in New Zealand, compared to 88% on average across OECD countries.
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    Educational outcomes

    In New Zealand, the percentage of 25-64 year-olds who attained a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the highest among countries with available data. (28.8 %, rank 4/46 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The share of tertiary graduates younger than 30-years-old is one of the smallest among countries with available data. (78.1 %, rank 24/28 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of first-time graduates in vocational programmes at upper secondary level is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (12.1 %, rank 34/36 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The average age of upper secondary graduates from vocational programmes in New Zealand is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data (33.3 Years, rank 1/36 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The average age of upper secondary graduates from general programmes in New Zealand is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data (17.5 Years, rank 31/38 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the average age of first-time tertiary graduates is relatively high. (26.3 Years, rank 7/28 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the percentage of first-time bachelor's graduates younger than 30 is relatively low. (79.3 %, rank 24/30 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the percentage of first-time master's graduates younger than 35 is relatively low. (72.9 %, rank 25/29 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Attainment by gender

    In New Zealand, the share of 25-64 year-old men who attained a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the largest among countries with available data. (24.8 %, rank 4/46 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The share of 25-64 year-old women who attained a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the largest among countries with available data. (32.6 %, rank 2/46 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Participation in education

    The share of new entrants younger than 25 in bachelor's or equivalent programmes is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (74 %, rank 33/36 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The enrolment rate of 40-64 year-olds in New Zealand is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (4 %, rank 5/39 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the percentage of young people expected to enter into tertiary education before the age of 25 is relatively high. (65.9 %, rank 9/31 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the percentage of new entrants in short-cycle tertiary programmes younger than 25 is relatively low. (74 %, rank 33/36 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the percentage of first-time entrants into tertiary education younger than 25 is relatively low. (75.2 %, rank 24/31 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The share of upper secondary 15-19-year-old students enrolled in vocational programmes is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (11.2 %, rank 35/39 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The share of upper secondary 20-24-year-old students enrolled in vocational programmes is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (89.6 %, rank 9/38 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Graduation expectancy

    New Zealand has one of the highest percentages of young people expected to obtain a bachelor's or an equivalent degree before the age of 30. (40.9 %, rank 7/31 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of today's young people expected to obtain a master's or an equivalent degree before the age of 35 is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (7.2 %, rank 27/30 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Excluding mobile students, New Zealand has one of the lowest percentages of young people expected to obtain a master's or an equivalent degree before the age of 30. (3.8 %, rank 26/28 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Graduation by gender

    The share of female graduates from upper secondary vocational programmes is one of the largest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (61.8 %, rank 1/39 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of female doctoral graduates in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is relatively low. (25.9 %, rank 34/43 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The share of female graduates among post-secondary non-tertiary graduates from vocational programmes in New Zealand is relatively high. (62 %, rank 6/25 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Graduation by field of education

    The percentage of tertiary graduates in the field of arts and humanities is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (12.1 %, rank 8/43 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of tertiary graduates in the field of information and communication technologies is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (7 %, rank 3/42 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of upper secondary vocational graduates in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (15.5 %, rank 33/35 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of upper secondary vocational graduates in the field of health and welfare is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (4.4 %, rank 27/35 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Adult learning

    In New Zealand, the proportion of employed adults participating in non-formal education and training is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (73.9 %, rank 1/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of adults employed in enterprises of 1-9 persons and participating in non-formal education and training is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (62.8 %, rank 2/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of adults employed in enterprises of over 249 persons and participating in non-formal education and training is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (85.2 %, rank 1/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of adults employed in the private sector and participating in non-formal education and training is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (65.2 %, rank 3/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of adults employed in the public sector and participating in non-formal education and training is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (85.3 %, rank 1/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of employed adults participating in job-related non-formal education and training sponsored by the employer is relatively high. (62.1 %, rank 2/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of adults employed in enterprises of 1-9 persons and participating in job-related non-formal education and training sponsored by the employer is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (47.5 %, rank 2/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of adults employed in enterprises of over of 249 persons and participating in job-related non-formal education and training sponsored by the employer is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (73.9 %, rank 2/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Fields of education

    In New Zealand, the percentage of new entrants to tertiary education in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is relatively low. (8.9 %, rank 36/36 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of students enrolled in the field of engineering, manunfacturing and construction among all national tertiary students in New Zealand is relatively low. (8.9 %, rank 33/35 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of new entrants in short-cycle tertiary programmes in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is relatively small. (8.9 %, rank 36/36 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Student mobility

    New Zealand has one of the largest proportion of international or foreign students enrolled in tertiary education among OECD and partner countries with available data. (19.7 %, rank 3/45 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the number of international or foreign students per national student abroad is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (10 Students, rank 4/46 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of international graduates among bachelor's first-time graduates is relatively high. (27.9 %, rank 2/29 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportion of international graduates among first-time doctorate graduates is relatively high. (52 %, rank 3/28 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Student mobility by field of education

    The percentage of students enrolled in the field of arts and humanities among all international or foreign tertiary students in New Zealand is relatively low. (7.5 %, rank 29/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of students enrolled in the field of social sciences, journalism and information among all international or foreign tertiary students in New Zealand is relatively low. (7.8 %, rank 28/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of students enrolled in the field of business, administration and law among all international or foreign tertiary students in New Zealand is relatively high. (36.3 %, rank 4/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of students enrolled in the field of health and welfare among all international or foreign tertiary students in New Zealand is relatively low. (6 %, rank 29/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Expenditure per student

    Annual expenditure per pupil at the pre-primary level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (14411 USD Equivalent, rank 6/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per tertiary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (12755 USD Equivalent, rank 9/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Expenditure in education and national wealth

    In New Zealand, expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is one of the highest among OECD countries and partner economies. (6.3 %, rank 2/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, expenditure on tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is comparatively high. (1.7 %, rank 7/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, private expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on primary to tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively high. (1.6 %, rank 5/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Public and private expenditure in education

    The share of private expenditure on all levels below tertiary education is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (17.1 %, rank 5/35 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of private expenditure on tertiary education is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (49.2 %, rank 7/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    New Zealand has one of the largest shares of private expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (25.9 %, rank 8/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, total public expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of total public expenditure is comparatively high. (13.5 %, rank 6/42 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, international expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of total expenditure on tertiary education is relatively low. (0 %, rank 26/31 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, international expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of total expenditure on primary to tertiary education is relatively low. (0 %, rank 25/30 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of public expenditure on educational institutions, for primary secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively small. (82.9 %, rank 32/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of public expenditure on educational institutions, for tertiary education is comparatively small. (50.8 %, rank 31/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of public expenditure on educational institutions, for primary to tertiary education is comparatively small. (74.1 %, rank 29/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Total public expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure, for primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education is relatively high in New Zealand compared to OECD and partner countries with available data. (9.8 %, rank 8/42 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of private expenditure on primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education from final source of funds is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (20.4 %, rank 8/29 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of public expenditure on primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education from initial source of funds is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (84.4 %, rank 24/27 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of international expenditure on primary through tertiary education from initial source of funds is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0 %, rank 24/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of public expenditure on primary through tertiary education from initial source of funds is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (79.3 %, rank 21/26 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the share of international expenditure on tertiary education from initial source of funds is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0 %, rank 25/29 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Teachers

    The number of days of instruction in a school year in lower secondary school is especially high. (191 Days, rank 9/34 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Who the teachers are

    The share of women among teaching staff in tertiary education is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (49.8 %, rank 6/39 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Teachers' salaries

    The salaries of 55-64 year-old general lower-secondary teachers relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is high in New Zealand. (0.84 Ratio, rank 7/21 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Teachers' salaries progression

    It takes lower secondary teachers less time to progress through the salary scale in New Zealand compared to other OECD and partner countries. (7 Years, rank 26/26 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Ratio of student to teaching staff

    The number of students per teacher in tertiary institutions is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (18.1 Ratio, rank 10/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The number of pupils per teacher in pre-primary schools is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (6.5 Ratio, rank 35/36 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Employment and educational attainment

    The employment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (88.4 %, rank 10/44 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a general upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is relatively high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (81.2 %, rank 3/38 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-34 year-olds with a general upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is relatively high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (79.2 %, rank 5/38 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a vocational upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is relatively high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (84.1 %, rank 4/34 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Unemployment and educational attainment

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a short-cycle tertiary education degree is one the lowest of all OECD countries and partner economies for which data are available. (2.1 %, rank 31/33 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a doctoral or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the lowest of all OECD countries and partner economies for which data are available. (1.5 %, rank 18/21 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a general upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low compared to other OECD and partner countries. (2.9 %, rank 34/37 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Among the unemployed population aged between 25 and 64 with below upper secondary education, the share of those who have been unemployed for at least 12 months is one of the smallest in New Zealand, compared to other OECD countries. (28 %, rank 30/38 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Among the unemployed population aged between 25 and 64 with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education, the share of those who have been unemployed for at least 12 months is one of the smallest in New Zealand, compared to other OECD countries. (16.6 %, rank 33/38 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Among the unemployed population aged between 25 and 64 with tertiary education, the share of those who have been unemployed for at least 12 months is one of the smallest in New Zealand, compared to OECD countries. (12.3 %, rank 35/38 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The inactivity rate of 25-34 years-old adults with below upper secondary education is low in New Zealand. (25.8 %, rank 32/41 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-34 year-olds with a general upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is one of the lowest of all OECD countries and partner economies for which data are available. (3.7 %, rank 33/36 , 2019) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-34 year-old women with vocational upper secondary or a post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively low. (5.7 %, rank 21/29 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Earnings and educational attainment

    The proportion of male full-time earners among all earners aged 35 to 44 without upper secondary education is comparatively high. (76.3 %, rank 6/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The proportion of female full-time earners among all earners aged 35 to 44 without upper secondary education is comparatively high. (45.8 %, rank 6/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The earnings of adults without an upper secondary education are relatively high compared to those of adults with an upper secondary or a post-secondary non-tertiary education. (89 Index, rank 10/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old men with tertiary education and those with upper secondary education is quite low. (130 Index, rank 33/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old women with tertiary education and those with upper secondary education is quite low. (129 Index, rank 34/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old adults with tertiary education and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is quite low. (129 Index, rank 33/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Compared with other OECD and partner countries, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old adults with a short-cycle tertiary education degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (107 Index, rank 24/29 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The gap in average earnings between 25-64 year-old women with a short-cycle tertiary education degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (94 Index, rank 27/27 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old men with a short-cycle tertiary education degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (105 Index, rank 27/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In New Zealand, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old men with a bachelor's or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (127 Index, rank 29/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Earnings of 25-64 year-old full and part-time workers with tertiary education are comparatively low. (131 Index, rank 33/37 , 2017) Download Indicator


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    • While 37% of 15-19 year-old upper secondary students are in vocational programmes, the share increases to 61% among students over 25.
    • The most popular fields of study among vocational graduates vary at different levels of education. While engineering, manufacturing and construction is the most common broad field at upper secondary level, at short-cycle tertiary level, most students graduate from business, administration and law, or health and welfare.
    • Combined school and work-based learning can help students transition smootly into the labor market. However, only one -third of all upper secondary vocational students are enrolled in school and work-based programmes on average across OECD countries.
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    • Between the age of 3 to 5, 88% of children are enrolled in pre-primary and primary education, on average across OECD countries.
    • The estimated expenditure on all children aged 3 to 5 enrolled in ECEC and primary education amounts to an average of 0.6% of GDP. Only in Iceland and Norway does it equal or exceed 1.0%.
    • The ECEC workforce is at the heart of high-quality education. On average across OECD countries, there are 14 children for every teacher working in pre-primary education (ISCED 02).
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    • In 2019, 45% of 25-34 year-olds held a tertiary degree, compared to 28% among 55-64 year-olds, on average across OECD countries.
    • On average across OECD countries, 17% of first-time tertiary entrants enter short-cycle tertiary programmes. The employment rate of adults with a short-cycle tertiary degree is 4 percentage points higher than those with an upper secondary vocational attainment and they earn 16% more, on average across OECD countries.
    • Based on current patterns, it is estimated that 38% of young adults across OECD countries will graduate from tertiary education for the first time before the age of 30 (excluding international students).
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    • In 2017, total expenditure amounted to approximately USD 9 100 per student in primary institutions and USD 10 500 in secondary institutions on average across OECD countries.
    • After increasing between 2005 and 2012, total expenditure on primary to tertiary institutions as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) has fallen to 4.9% in 2017 on average, below its 2005 value of 5.1%. This is due to educational expenditure rising more slowly than GDP over this period, growing by 17% while GDP grew by 27%.
    • Private sources financed more than 30% of the expenditure, on average, at tertiary level compared to 10% at primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary level.
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    • There are relatively few young teachers (under the age of 30), and the proportion decreases with the level of education. Young teachers make up 12% of the teaching population in primary education, 10% in lower secondary education and 8% in upper secondary education, on average across OECD countries.
    • While instruction time for students increases at higher educational levels, statutory teaching time in public institutions decreases: teachers in OECD countries and economies are required to teach on average 778 hours per year at primary level compared to 680 hours at upper secondary level (general programmes).
    • Between 2005 and 2019, the statutory salaries of primary and secondary general teachers - with 15 years of experience and the most prevalent qualifications - increased by 2-3%, despite salaries falling after the 2008 economic crisis, on average across OECD countries and economies with available data.
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    Country Reviews for New Zealand

    Note: These values should be interpreted with care since they are influenced by countries' specific contexts and trade-offs. In education, there is often no simple most- or least-efficient model. For instance, the share of private expenditure in education must be read against other measures designed to mitigate inequities, such as loans and grants; longer learning time is an opportunity to convey more and better content to students, but may hinder investments in other important areas. If you want further information on the nature of different variables, please take the time to read the analysis and contextual information, available at the website for each publication.
    All rankings for individual variables are compiled on the basis of OECD and G20 countries for which data are available. The OECD average includes only OECD countries which are listed here: http://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/

    Reference years displayed in the Education GPS correspond to the most common year of reference among countries for which data is available on each variable. Some countries may have provided data refering to another year, to know more about possible exceptions on data please click on the "Download Indicator" link on each variable. When a year of reference corresponds to a school year encompassing two years, the reference reads as follows: 2018 for school year 2017/2018.

    *TALIS averages are based on all countries participating in the TALIS survey, including partner countries and economies. This explains the difference between the OECD average and the TALIS average. Data from the TALIS survey and Education at a Glance (EAG) may differ. See Annex E of the TALIS technical report and Annex 3 of EAG 2019 for more details about the data collections.

    B-S-J-Z (China) refers to the four PISA-participating provinces/municipalities of the People's Republic of China: Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

    For additional notes, please refer to annexes in the list of links below the introductory country profile text.