WELLINGTON, Feb 8 - The policies have been previously announced.

"Both national standards and charter schools were driven by ideology rather than evidence," Mr Hipkins said on Thursday.

"Both were rejected by the vast majority of the education sector - the government's strong view is that there is no place for them in the New Zealand education system."

National standards, introduced by the previous government, set out the levels that all children should reach in reading, writing and maths in each of their first eight years in school.

"Removing national standards frees up schools to focus more on progress in subjects wider than just literacy and numeracy," Mr Hipkins said.

Charter schools, also introduced by the previous government, are state-funded but can be run by church, business or community groups.

They don't have to hire registered teachers and can tailor their teaching for students who are failing in the state system.

The bill repeals the legislation that allows for future charter schools.

There are 10 in existence now, and their future is uncertain.

Mr Hipkins said the bill allowed the existing charter schools to operate under their contracts while options were discussed, including operating within the state system, on a case-by-case basis.

"My preferred option is to explore early termination of contracts by mutual agreement," he said.

Mr Hipkins is reserving the right to terminate contracts if there's no mutual agreement.

The bill also restores guaranteed places for staff and student representatives on Tertiary Education Institution councils.

Student associations have welcomed the move.

Mr Hipkins' bill will go on parliament's agenda for a first reading. 

 

AAP