Labour plans to end school donations
The Labour party says it will put an end to 'voluntary' school donations for most parents if it wins the election.
The party's plan is to give schools an extra $150 per pupil in place of donations to help fund school operations.
The estimated cost is $70 million a year, and schools that accept the payment won't be able to ask parents for general purpose donations.
They will still be able to ask for donations for extra-curricular activities like school camps.
"We expect the parents of more than 450,000 students will no longer be asked to pay a donation," Labour leader Andrew Little said on Friday.
"Labour has always been committed to a world-class free education that's accessible to everyone, and today we're reaffirming that commitment."
The party's alternative budget, released on Wednesday, puts an extra $4 billion into education over four years.
Mr Little and education spokesman Chris Hipkins will release the full manifesto on Friday afternoon.
"This will be the long-awaited shot in the arm much of the sector has been waiting for," Mr Little said.
"National has chosen nine years of cost-cutting measures over quality, creating burnt out teachers, a narrow curriculum and falling tertiary education participation."
Mr Little says $1.7m of the $4m will go towards increasing funding across "critical areas" and deliver more teachers, better professional development and more learning resources."