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Otago Applauds Students' Efforts

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Otago Applauds Students' Efforts

The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) is applauding the efforts of students around the country in demanding changes to the tertiary education system.

"It's wonderful to see that students around New Zealand are getting out there and showing the new government that partial changes to the tertiary education system are not enough, that there needs to be a complete overhaul," said Katie Grace, Campaigns Coordinator for OUSA.

Students from Victoria and Waikato University have occupied their registry and Auckland and Canterbury have held rallies in their University.

" Students are still angry", said Ms Grace. "The protests and occupations show that there is still a demand for free education to reduce student burden."

"The Labour Government, while making some excellent moves to ease the burden of student loans and debts, has not gone far enough", said Vijay Nellailingam, OUSA Campaigns Coordinator.

"The problems that students are experiencing were caused by the last government; we realize that the new government needs time, but should move to rectify the mistakes of the past." concluded Mr Nellailingam.

For further information:

Vijay Nellailingam ------ Katie Grace
Hm: 03 473-0752 ------ Hm: 03 477-0000
Wk: 03 479-5332 ------ Wk: 03 479-5332
------ Cell: 021 297 8276

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