IT:AD:National Student Index (NSN)

Summary

The text of the Education Act 1989 covers the use of the NSN.

A summary of it is as follows:

  • Authorise the use by [MOE|Providers|NZQA|Tertiary] of [NSN] for specific purposes, in order to facilitate the accurate use and transfer , by [MOE|Providers|NZQA|Tertiary], of information relating to individual students.
  • NSN can be assigned to any kid who will be educated.
  • The Secretary can authorise or require the use of the NSN by [MOE|Providers|NZQA|Tertiary], but only for the purpose they have been granted and Gazetteer-ed, which will be one or more of:
    • (a) monitoring and ensuring student enrolment and attendance:
    • (ab) encouraging attendance at early childhood services:
    • (b) ensuring education providers and students receive appropriate resourcing:
    • © statistical purposes, research purposes, quality
    • (e) ensuring that students’ educational records are accurately maintained:
    • (f) establishing and maintaining student identities to support students’ participation in online learning.
  • A person (person A) who is not an authorised user commits an offence if, without reasonable excuse, keeps a record of, or requires the disclosure of, the NSN of person B if the NSN is, or is capable by person A of being linked to any information that may lead person A to the identification of person B.
  • Is TAHI an Authorised user?
    • Is it Gazeteered? (Unknown)
    • Is it requiring Disclosure? (Yes)
    • Is it leading Person A (N4L) to being capable of identification of person B (student)? (Yes).

Full Text

The full version is included below.

  • Part 30: National student numbers
    • 341 Purpose:
      • The purpose of this Part is to authorise the use by authorised users of national student numbers for specific purposes, in order to facilitate the accurate use and transfer , by authorised users, of information relating to individual students.
    • 342: Interpretation.
      • In this Part,
        • authorised user means
          • (a) an education provider; and
          • (b) the Ministry; and
          • © the New Zealand Qualifications Authority; and
          • (d) the Tertiary Education Commission; and
          • (e) the Service continued by section 279; and
          • (f) any other agency or body declared by regulations made under section 347 to be an authorised user early childhood service means a licensed early childhood service (as defined in section 309)
      • education provider means
      • (a) an early childhood service; and
      • (b) a registered school as defined in section 2; and
      • © a tertiary education organisation, being an organisation as defined in section 159B
      • Ministry means the department of State that, with the authority of the Prime Minister, is for the time being responsible for the administration of this Part
      • Secretary means the chief executive of the Ministry.
    • 343: Assigning national student numbers
      • (1) The Secretary may assign a national student number to any student who
        • (a) is enrolled with an education provider; or
        • (b) has been granted an exemption under section 21 or section 22.
      • (1A) The Secretary may also assign a national student number to any child under the age of 6 years if the Secretary has reasonable grounds to believe that—
        • (a) the child is unlikely to attend an early childhood service; and
        • (b) the child is likely to benefit from attending such a service.
      • (2) On the date on which this Part comes into force, every national student number that is already assigned to a person is deemed to be a national student number assigned under this section to that person.
    • 344: Use of national student numbers
      • (1) The Secretary may authorise or require an authorised user to use national student numbers.
      • (2) The Secretary may authorise or require an authorised user to use national student numbers only for the purpose of, or for a specific purpose falling within, any 1 or more of the following:
        • (a) monitoring and ensuring student enrolment and attendance:
        • (ab) encouraging attendance at early childhood services:
        • (b) ensuring education providers and students receive appropriate resourcing:
        • © statistical purposes:
        • (d) research purposes:
        • (e) ensuring that students’ educational records are accurately maintained:
        • (f) establishing and maintaining student identities to support students’ participation in online learning.
      • (3) Every authorisation or requirement under this section must be made by notice in the Gazette, and
        • (a) takes effect on the date, specified in the notice, on or after the date of the notice; and
        • (b) may be subject to conditions.
      • (4) An authorisation or requirement may be made generally (by reference to a class of authorised user) or specifically (by reference to a named authorised user).
      • (5) An authorised user to whom any 1 or more authorisations relates is authorised to use national student numbers in accordance with the terms of the authorisations.
      • (6) An authorised user that is required to use national student numbers for a specific purpose must use national student numbers for that purpose.
    • 345. Person may use or disclose own national student number
      • Despite anything in this Part, a person may use or disclose his or her own national student number for any purpose.
    • 346 Offences
      • (1) An authorised user commits an offence, and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $15,000, who uses or discloses a person’s national student number otherwise than in accordance with the authorisations under section 344 that apply to that user.
      • (2) A person (person A) who is not an authorised user commits an offence, and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $15,000, who, without reasonable excuse, keeps a record of, or requires the disclosure of, the national student number of another person (person B) if the number is, or is capable by person A of being, linked to any information that may lead person A to the identification of person B.