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Auckland Students Angered At National's 5 Steps

Student leaders at Auckland have reacted in anger at the government's
policy announcements on tertiary education today, titled 'Five
Steps Ahead'.

"'Five Steps Ahead' is nothing more than rhetoric and a branding
and marketing exercise in election year. It is shallow, badly
thought through and completely misses the critical issues in
the sector. It is merely tinkering at the sides of a sector
in crisis", said Auckland University Students Association President
Efeso Collins.

"Once again, the government has failed to address the real issues
in tertiary education. The Government wants to have a knowledge
based economy overnight without putting in the legwork. What
they should be addressing is rising fees, inadequate staffing
levels, the lack of universal living allowances and runaway
student debt - currently at $3 Billion."

The funding announcements today are

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