Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Women Will Pay 20% More For Their Tertiary Ed

Thursday 7 March 2002


Women Will Pay 20% More For Their Tertiary Education

The Otago University Students Association today spoke out against the fact that women pay 20% more for their education under the student loan scheme, costing them $5000 on average more than their male counterparts.

“If a coffee cost one dollar for men, but one dollar twenty cents for women, there would be an uproar” said OUSA Women’s Rights Officer Jo McLeod. “Yet somehow it’s perfectly alright for women to pay more for their education” said Ms McLeod.

The twenty percent figure is based on ‘University Graduate Destinations’ by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellor’s Committee indicating that female graduates earn on average $3000 less per year than male graduates. Over the 28 years that it takes an average female bachelor’s graduate to pay off her student loan, that amounts to $5000 in additional interest payments.

“The loan scheme burdens students with huge debts for an education necessary for their future and the future of New Zealand. Since women and Maori dominate the lower end of pay scales, they face the worst prospects under this scheme. New Zealand needs to seriously examine the inequities in our society, starting with a tertiary education system which is fair for all, regardless of gender” said Ms McLeod.

The association will begin a campaign tomorrow to highlight this inequity to government and the general public.

Contact Jo McLeod 03-4795332

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>

ALSO:

Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
K Emma Ng's Old Asian, New Asian

This book, written by a young second-generation Chinese New Zealander, gives many examples of the racism that Asian New Zealanders experience. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION