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University Management Have No Excuse - Petition


Media Statement
For Immediate Release

7th April 2000

UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT HAVE NO EXCUSE - PETITION LAUNCHED

Student Alliance (Auckland) announced today that they will be launching a petition to force the University of Auckland to guarantee no fee increases for 2001 and begin planning to eliminate tuition fees altogether.

"Now that the tertiary sector has an education-friendly Government, there is no excuse for the University of Auckland management to continue penalising students for wanting to learn," said Julie Fairey, spokesperson for Student Alliance (Auckland).

"The two-faced approach of the University of Auckland Council is unacceptable - they have raised fees with smiles on their faces for too long," said Fairey. "Using students as cash cows, the University of Auckland management have been continually refurbishing and restructuring their administration centres, while cutting staff across the University and under-funding many areas. We do not see this as a responsible approach from an institution that is supposed to value learning above all else."

"The Council need to be reminded that our institution is there for the community and they have a responsibility to advocate for free access to a public institution," said Fairey.

The petition will be circulated on campus from Monday April 10th and the group aim to present the petition to the May Council Meeting for acceptance.

The wording of the petition is as follows: "We, the undersigned students and staff of the University of Auckland, demand that the University of Auckland Council:

1. Guarantee that there will be no fee increases, for any course, for 2001; 2. Begin planning to return to a flat fee for all courses; and 3. Begin planning to eliminate tuition fees entirely.

Now that there is an education-friendly Government, we believe the University Council can begin the process of rescuing our University from the user-pays system.

We demand that these resolutions be implemented as soon as possible, and that they be passed at the May 2000 Meeting of the University of Auckland Council."

Student Alliance (Auckland) is the Alliance on Campus group at the University of Auckland.

Contact:

Julie Fairey (09) 623-2676
Spokesperson (021) 216-7868
Email: studentalliance@cheerful.com


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