Education officials are working to clarify a "grey area" for school staff around their powers to search students suspected of carrying weapons and drugs.
The Ministry of Education is developing guidelines around search and seizure, according to information released to nzherald.co.nz under the Official Information Act.
The move comes after three incidents of knives being brought on to school grounds since March last year. Two of the incidents resulted in teachers being stabbed in the back and neck by students in class.
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