Auckland has a number of important educational institutions, including some of the largest universities in the country. As of 2007, there are around 50 NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) certified schools and institutes in the Auckland area. The NZQA co-ordinates qualifications in secondary schools and in post-school education and training.
All children must attend school between the ages of 5 and 16. Government-funded (state) schools provide for the individual learning styles of children and for different philosophies of education.
Some of the most famous schools are Mount Roskill Grammar School, Mount Albert Grammar School, Auckland Girls' Grammar School and the Epsom Girls' Grammar School. The city also has several private schools such as St Cuthbert's College, King's College, and Diocesan School for Girls.
All universities receive around 70 percent of their funding from the government. The balance is charged to students by way of course and student association fees.
Amongst the most important tertiary educational institutes are the University of Auckland which was founded in 1883. It is New Zealand's largest university with over 40,000 students.
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