Section 38 Applications for Certificates of Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School

Bella Farland made this Official Information request to Ministry of Education

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From: Bella Farland

Dear Ministry of Education,

I would like to request information on the number of Applications for Certificates of Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School under Section 38 that were received by the Ministry, as well as the decisions that were made on them.

I previously submitted a similar request (https://fyi.org.nz/request/16017-applica...) and the data you provided was for Early Leaving Exemptions granted under Section 39. This time please provide the parallel information for the Section 38 Long-Term Exemptions from Enrolment, as follows:

For each quarter for the previous five years (i.e. Q4 2016 through Q3 2021), how many Applications for Certificates of Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School (under Section 38) were received? And in each of those quarters, how many Applications for Certificates of Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School (under Section 38) were approved, and how many were declined?

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Bella Farland

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Kia ora Bella,

 

Thank you for your email of 7 October 2021 to the Ministry of Education
requesting the following information:

 

 1. I would like to request information on the number of Applications for
Certificates of Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School under
Section 38 that were received by the Ministry, as well as the
decisions that were made on them.

I previously submitted a similar request
([1]https://fyi.org.nz/request/16017-applica...)
and the data you provided was for Early Leaving Exemptions granted under
Section 39. This time please provide the parallel information for the
Section 38 Long-Term Exemptions from Enrolment, as follows:

For each quarter for the previous five years (i.e. Q4 2016 through Q3
2021), how many Applications for Certificates of Exemption from Enrolment
at a Registered School (under Section 38) were received? And in each of
those quarters, how many Applications for Certificates of Exemption from
Enrolment at a Registered School (under Section 38) were approved, and how
many were declined?

We have made enquiries with the relevant Business Units within the
Ministry. This has identified that the information you have requested was
released to you under the wrong heading in your previous Official
Information Act request of 9 July 2021 – request 1265726. We apologise for
this oversight and it has been determined to be caused by human error. The
previous responses text applies to Home Education.

 

Your request from 9 July asked for:

 

 

1.     Information on the number of Applications for Certificates of
Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School that were received by the
Ministry, as well as the decisions that were made on them.

For each quarter for the previous five years (i.e. Q3 2016 through Q2
2021), how many Applications for Certificates of Exemption from Enrolment
at a Registered School were received? And in each of those quarters, how
many Applications for Certificates of Exemption from Enrolment at a
Registered School were approved, and how many were declined?

 

Your request has been considered under the Official Information Act 1982
(the Act).

The correctly labelled tables are below with the following caveats:

 

CAVEATS:

·        Data extracted on 18^th August 2021 and is live and subject to
change

·        The Ministry has limited data on the historical actioning of
applications. The “Approved/Declined” data has the following caveats:

o   “Approved” applications includes applications that are currently
active and currently ceased

o   “Declined” applications include applications that are currently
declined

o   If an application is active or ceased, the year and quarter are based
on when home education started

o   If an application is declined, the year and quarter are based on when
the application was declined

·        The number of applications approved/declined cannot be summed
together to obtain the “Received” application number. This is because some
applications are not actioned in the same quarter they were received. Also
applications can have other statuses beyond approved/declined

 

Number of Home-Education Exemption applications received by year and
quarter since quarter 3 2016 to quarter 3 2021

 

Year Quarter Applications Received
2016 3 290
2016 4 327
2017 1 443
2017 2 353
2017 3 370
2017 4 332
2018 1 428
2018 2 362
2018 3 331
2018 4 435
2019 1 443
2019 2 344
2019 3 378
2019 4 399
2020 1 494
2020 2 734
2020 3 619
2020 4 449
2021 1 553
2021 2 466

 

 

Number of Home-Education Exemption applications approved and declined by
year and quarter actioned since quarter 3 2016 to quarter 3 2021

 

Year Quarter Applications Approved Applications Declined
2016 3 262 6
2016 4 196 6
2017 1 441 8
2017 2 298 15
2017 3 312 20
2017 4 244 23
2018 1 467 12
2018 2 317 20
2018 3 277 7
2018 4 276 18
2019 1 576 22
2019 2 308 16
2019 3 323 25
2019 4 266 17
2020 1 595 14
2020 2 509 11
2020 3 704 24
2020 4 373 20
2021 1 638 29
2021 2 437 17

 

 

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working days. Your name and contact details will be removed.

 

Thank you again for your email. You have the right to ask an Ombudsman to
review this decision. You can do this by writing to
[2][email address] or Office of the Ombudsman, PO Box 10152,
Wellington 6143.

 

 

Nāku noa, nā

 

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