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Education Act 1931 (NI)

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Act No. 3, 1931
Act Applied Law as amended, incorporating amendments up to Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment Ordinance 2015 (No. 2, 2015)
This is an Act of the previous Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly that was continued in force under s16 and 16A of the Norfolk Island Act 1979.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Registered 22 Oct 2015
Start Date 18 Jun 2015
Date of repeal 22 Mar 2018
Repealed by Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment Ordinance 2015

 

NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

Education Act 1931

No. 3, 1931

Compilation No. 1

Compilation date:                              18 June 2015

Includes amendments up to:            Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment Ordinance 2015
(No. 2, 2015)

Prepared Date:                                  3 September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

 

EDUCATION ACT 1931

 

TABLE OF PROVISIONS

 

         1.      Short title

         2.      Repeal

         3.      Definitions

         4.      Establishment of public schools

         5.      Registered schools

         6.      Registered teachers

         7.      Cancellation of registration of school

         8.      Closing of schools

         9.      Inspection of schools

       10.      Medical examination of school children

       11.      Teachers

       12.      Instruction in schools

       13.      Special religious instruction

       14.      School fees

       15.      Supply of school material

    15A.      Parents and residents

       16.      Duty of parents

       17.      Register of attendance

       18.      Penalty for failure

       19.      Appointment of officers

       20.      Instructions

       21.      Regulations

 

 

 


 

NORFOLK                            ISLAND

 

 

Education Act 1931

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An Act relating to education.

Short title

      1.         This Act may be cited as the Education Act 1931.

Repeal

      2.         The Public School Law 1913, the Public School Act 1915, the Public School Act 1921, the Public School Regulations 1906 and the Public School Regulations 1909 are repealed.

Definitions

      3.         In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears —

“private school” means any school, other than a public school, registered under this Act;

“public school” means any school established or maintained by or on behalf of the Administrator;

“vocational training scholarship” means a pecuniary grant to assist a person to undergo vocational training.

Establishment of public schools

      4.         (1)        The Administrator may establish and maintain schools in Norfolk Island.

                  (2)        All teachers at public schools shall be subject to this Act and the regulations made thereunder and to any instructions issued by the Administrator under this Act.

Registered schools

      5.         (1)        A person shall not establish, maintain or conduct any private school unless it is registered under this Act.

                  (2)        Any person desirous of establishing any private school shall apply to the Administrator for registration of the school and, if the Administrator is satisfied that the premises in which it is proposed to conduct the school are provided with proper access, drainage, light, ventilation and sanitary conveniences and that the school will provide regular and efficient instruction, the Administrator shall cause it to be registered on a list to be kept for that purpose at the office of the Clerk of the Court of Petty Sessions.

Registered teachers

      6.         (1)        A person shall not teach in any private school unless he is registered as a teacher under this Act.

                  (2)        Any person desirous of teaching in any private school at Norfolk Island shall apply to the Administrator for registration as a teacher and, if the Administrator is satisfied as to his fitness to teach, the Administrator shall cause such person to be registered on a list to be kept for that purpose at the office of the Clerk of the Court of Petty Sessions.

 


                  (3)        The registration of any teacher may, subject to appeal to the Commonwealth Minister, be cancelled at any time by the Administrator if the Administrator is satisfied that such teacher is no longer fit to teach or is guilty of any breach of this Act or of any regulation made thereunder.

Cancellation of registration of school

      7.         The registration of any private school may, subject to appeal to the Commonwealth Minister, be cancelled at any time by the Administrator if the Administrator is satisfied that efficient and regular instruction is not being given in such school or if the proprietor or principal teacher is guilty of any breach of this Act or of any regulation made thereunder.

Closing of schools

      8.         The Administrator may close any school for any period during the prevalence of an epidemic of illness or for any other sufficient cause, subject, in the case of a private school, to appeal to the Commonwealth Minister.

Inspection of schools

      9.         Any school conducted at Norfolk Island shall be subject to such inspection as the Administrator directs.

Medical examination of school children

      10.       The Administrator may make arrangements for the periodical medical examination of pupils attending any school at Norfolk Island.

Teachers

      11.       (1)        A public school shall be conducted by a principal teacher and such assistant teachers as the Administrator directs.

                  (2)        Assistant teachers shall, as prescribed, act under the directions of the principal teacher.

Instruction in schools

      12.       The subjects and courses of instruction in public schools, and the times to be devoted to the teaching of each subject, shall, be as determined by the Administrator.

Special religious instruction

      13.       (1)        Any clergyman or person approved by the Administrator may attend at any public school and give religious instruction during one hour each week to the pupils of his religious persuasion.

                  (2)        The times during which religious instruction may be given shall, subject to appeal to the Administrator by the clergyman or person giving such instruction, be arranged by the principal teacher.

                  (3)        The principal teacher shall arrange for the use of a suitable class-room, if available, for the purposes of religious instruction.

                  (4)        No pupil in a public school shall be required to receive any religious instruction if a parent or guardian of the pupil notify, in writing, the principal teacher that he objects to his child receiving such an instruction.

School fees

      14.       (1)        Except as hereinafter provided, fees shall not be charged for the education of pupils in any public school.

                  (2)        Fees, as approved by the Administrator may be charged for teaching pupils over 15 years of age, in any public school, any special subject outside the regular course, and for education in any public school conducted in the evening.

Supply of school material

      15.       Parents of children attending any public school shall, subject to appeal to the Administrator, supply their children with school books and material as required by the principal teacher.

Parents and residents

      15A.    (1)        Any persons may, in relation to any public school, with the approval of the Administrator, constitute an association having the following objects:

(a)        the promotion of the interests of the school in co-operation with the teaching staff;

(b)        the provision of extra equipment for the school and the raising of funds for the provision of such equipment;

(c)        assistance in school functions and activities; and

(d)       the general development of interest in, and the advancement of, all branches of education.

                  (2)        An association constituted in relation to any school shall not have any power or control over the school staff or the internal management of the school.

                  (3)        An association so constituted may, subject to the approval of the Administrator, make rules for its own government, and may fix rates of subscription for its members, and control its own business.

                  (4)        Each association so constituted shall furnish to the Administrator in the month of January in each year a detailed statement of its receipts and expenditure for the period of 12 months ending on 31 December last preceding.

                  (5)        All school requisites and equipment provided for a school by such an association shall become the property of the school and shall be retained in that school and in that district or locality and, subject to subsection (6), shall not be removed without the consent of the association, unless the association becomes defunct or ceases to have the character of an association with the objects specified in subsection 15(1).

                  (6)        If the Administrator, in pursuance of the power conferred upon him by section 8, closes a school or a school is closed for any cause, any property donated to that school by an association constituted in relation to the school shall be removed to such other school as the Administrator directs:

      Provided that if at any later time the school so closed be re-opened all such property then in existence shall be returned to that school.

                  (7)        If it becomes necessary to replace old or worn out equipment provided by an association constituted in relation to a public school, all matters connected therewith, including disposal of the old or worn out equipment by sale, trading in or otherwise, shall be referred to the Administrator for approval.

Duty of parents

      16.       (1)        The parent or guardian of any child between the ages of 6 and 15 years shall, unless the child is exempted from the provisions of this section by the Administrator, cause the child to attend either a public school or a private school registered under this Act for the full period of each half-day during which the school is open.

                  (2)        Any parent or guardian who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be guilty of an offence.

Penalty:           For the first offence, $1, and for any subsequent offence in respect of the same child or boy, $4.

                  (3)        It shall be a sufficient ground for excuse or exemption from attendance that the child or boy was prevented from attending school by sickness, infirmity, or any other cause which appears to the Administrator to be satisfactory.

                  (4)        Every complaint or information under the Act shall be heard and determined, and all penalties imposed, by the Court of Petty Sessions.

                  (5)        Every proceeding shall be taken in the name of the Administrator by such person as is thereto authorised in writing by the Administrator.

                  (6)        In any proceedings under this section a certificate purporting to be under the hand of the proprietor or principal teacher of a private school or the principal teacher of a public school, as the case may be, stating that a child or boy is not attending school, or stating the particulars of attendance of the child or boy at school, shall be prima facie evidence of the facts stated in the certificate.

Register of attendance

      17.       The principal teacher of a public school and the proprietor or principal teacher of a private school shall —

(a)        keep a daily register, in a form approved by the Administrator, of the attendance of each pupil at his school;

(b)        produced to any person thereto authorised in writing by the Administrator on request such register and permit such person to inspect and make extracts from the same;

(c)        on request furnish to the Administrator any information concerning the attendance of pupils which the Administrator requires;

(d)       furnish such returns, reports and information upon any matter concerning the school as the Administrator requires.

Penalty for failure

      18.       Any person who is guilty of any contravention of any of the provisions of this Act for which a penalty is not specially provided shall be liable on conviction to a penalty not exceeding $20.

Appointment of officers

      19.       The Administrator may appoint such officers as he deems necessary to carry out or enforce the provisions of this Act, and may delegate to any person all or any of his powers and functions under this Act and the Regulations made thereunder as he deems necessary.

Instructions

      20.       The Administrator may issue instructions for the guidance of teachers in carrying out or giving effect to this Act and the Regulations made thereunder.

Regulations

      21.       The Commonwealth Minister may make regulations not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed, for carrying out or giving effect to this Act, and in particular for prescribing matters providing for and in relation to the establishment and maintenance of scholarships, including vocational training scholarships and bursaries.


NOTES

The Education Act 1931 as shown in this reprint comprises Act No. 3 of 1931 and amendments as indicated in the Tables below.

Enactment

Number and year

Date of commencement

Application saving or transitional provision

Education Act 1931

3, 1931

15.10.31

 

 

 

 

 

Education Act 1934

1, 1934

15.3.34

 

 

 

 

 

Education Act 1935

7, 1935

16.5.35

 

 

 

 

 

Administration Act 1936

14, 1936

16.12.36

 

 

 

 

 

Education Act 1937

10, 1937

22.12.37

 

 

 

 

 

Amendments Incorporation Act 1963

2, 1963

28.3.63

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinances Revision Act 1964

6, 1964

30.6.64

 

 

 

 

 

Education Act 1966

9, 1966

2.6.66

 

 

 

 

 

Education Act 1971

5, 1971

22.7.71

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinances Citation Act 1976

11, 1976

25.11.76

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinances Revision Act 1979

13, 1979

7.8.79

5

 

 

 

 

Ordinances Revision (Decimal Currency) Act 1980

31, 1980

15.1.81

 

[Previously consolidated as at 20 May 1985]

 

 

 

 

Interpretation (Amendment) Act 2012

[to substitute throughout —Commonwealth Minister for Minister; and to substitute Minister for executive member]

14, 2012

28.12.12

 

 

[Previously consolidated as at 23 December 2013]

 

 

 

 

Ordinance

FRLI registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provision

Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment Ordinance 2015  (No. 2, 2015)

17 June 2015 (F2015L00835)

Sch 1 (items 73, 344, 345): 18 June 2015 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 1 (items 344, 345)

 

 

Table of Amendments

 

ad =    added or inserted

am = amended

rep = repealed

rs =      repealed and substituted

 

Provisions affected

How affected

 

1

am

2, 1963; 9, 1966; 5, 1971; 11, 1976

3

am

9, 1966; 13, 1979

4

am

13, 1979

5, 6

am

14, 1936; 6, 1964

11, 12

am

13, 1979

14

am

10, 1937; 13, 1979

15A

ad

10, 1937

16

am

1, 1934; 14, 1936; 10, 1937; 1, 1964; 6, 1964; 31, 1980

18

am

31, 1980

21

am

10, 1937; 6, 1964; 9, 1966; 5, 1971; 13, 1979; Ord No 2, 2015