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Student Support for TEAC Chair


MEDIA RELEASE

3 April 2000

Attention: Education/Political Reporters
For immediate release

Student Support for TEAC Chair


The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) welcomed today the appointment of Norman Kingsbury as Chair of the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission (TEAC).

"The Government has made a astute decision in appointing someone who has not only an enormous breadth of knowledge of the tertiary education sector, but also an understanding of the different groups involved in it makeup", said Andrew Campbell OUSA President.

Mr Kingsbury has had a long involvement in Tertiary Education, starting in student politics, which saw him head the secretariat of the International Student Conference, through to his contribution in the establishment of Waikato University. Mr Kingsbury has also had association with Polytechnics and is currently the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

"It is clear Mr Kingsbury has an enormous task ahead of him. The tertiary education system is in disarray after ten years of Government attacks. TEAC needs to provide the Government with sound advise to ensure that tertiary education is accessible to all, and that the quality of New Zealand degrees be of a world standard", said Mr Campbell.

"Students are relying on this Government to provide a better tertiary education system. The appointment of Mr Kingsbury as Chair of TEAC is a good start, but must be followed up with major policy initiatives and changes", said Campbell

ENDS

Contacts
Andrew Campbell, OUSA President
Ph: 03 479 2466
Cell: 021 345 368

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