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Good Budget for PTE Students

To Education Reporter
24 May 2001


Good Budget for PTE Students


“This Budget will support growth in student numbers at private training establishments (PTEs), giving about 4,000 more students the opportunity to learn in 2002. I am confident that most PTEs will accept this offer and freeze student fees, just as they did last year. PTEs support the Government’s intention to increase tertiary education participation by keeping it affordable, said Margaret Yates, NZAPEP Executive member.”

“We also strongly welcome increases in funding for adult literacy and second-chance education. We provide the majority of services in those areas and have not seen a Government that prioritises those areas for many years. We appreciate the Government paying attention to the whole knowledge economy, not just the high-tech areas. ”

“The establishment of the Tertiary Education Commission is a positive development that will bring tertiary education issues under one roof. ITOs and many PTEs have served an apprenticeship with Skill New Zealand, but it is now time to move on.”

“The Government’s commitment to building export education is also necessary. The PTE sector generates about a third of export education revenue ($189m) and we look forward to building that in partnership with the Government.”

Note to reporters: If you want comment from PTE students, we can supply details for the students’ association leaders at the Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland (a degree-granting art school). There is no national association for PTE students. Contact Dave Guerin at 021 404 334 for details.

Contact Margaret Yates on 03 389 5357 (work), 025 360 924 (mobile)
NZAPEP is the largest national association of private training establishments registered with NZQA. Its 158 members enrol over half of the PTE students in New Zealand.

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