New Zealand Post Office issued five stamps to recognise education in New Zealand and commemorate the centenary of the Education Act of 1877, which established the Department of Education.
Education in New Zealand at primary and secondary levels is compulsory for all children. Education at pre-school and university and other tertiary levels is also provided. A rather unique feature of New Zealand's education system is the Correspondence School which provides tuition by correspondence for children living in remote areas and for those otherwise unable to attend normal classes. These stamps were issued in a strip of five format.
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 17 in April 1977.
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|Date of Issue:||6 April 1977|
|Designers:||Peter Blackie, Hobsonville|
|Printers:||Harrison and Sons, England|
|Stamp Size:||24.13mm x 40.64mm|
|Sheet Size:||100 stamps per sheet|
|Perforation Gauge:||13 x 13.5|
|Paper Type:||Harrison and Sons, unwatermarked|