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


Tertiary Education Reform Bill Fails Test

Tertiary Education Reform Bill Fails Desirability Test

The introduction of 'central steering' in the tertiary education sector, as proposed in the Tertiary Education Reform Bill (TERB), is likely to fail, according to the New Zealand Business Roundtable (NZBR).

"While the TERB's objectives are laudable, its prescription of central steering based on a 'desirability test' is unlikely to deliver better tertiary education outcomes", said Norman LaRocque, policy advisor at the NZBR.

Mr LaRocque said the underlying premises of the TERB – that there is 'excessive' competition and duplication in the tertiary education sector and that central steering will yield better outcomes than a decentralised system – are unsupported.

"While central steering may look persuasive on paper, it generally fails in practice – witness the recent experience with school roll growth in Auckland. It is likely to result in more red tape for institutions, less choice for students, more scope for arbitrary funding decisions and greater micro-management of the sector", Mr LaRocque said.

According to Mr LaRocque, government policy should focus on supporting informed choice and healthy competition in the tertiary education sector, and more autonomy, not less, for institutions within it. Policies that would help achieve this include aligning funding for public and private institutions, improving quality assurance and taking further steps to improve information in the sector. The government should also eliminate the fee-freeze, revamp governance arrangements and reverse recent student loan changes, all of which were identified as issues by TEAC, he said.

"The NZBR would be happy to join the government and sector stakeholders in developing a reform package to better meet the needs of the tertiary sector and the country as a whole", Mr LaRocque concluded.

The NZBR presented its TERB submission to the Education and Science Select Committee on 20 March. The submission will be available at


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news