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


Sleeping With Debt

Sleeping With Debt

The Aotearoa Tertiary Students’ Association (ATSA) President, Julie Pettett is concerned that the Student Loan Scheme debt is driving women to prostitution. In a Wellington newspaper, an escort agency advertisement included student loan as a reason to take up the ‘profession’. This signals that the effect of student debt on women is out of control.

“When women feel they have to supplement their chosen career to clear student debt, it is a sure sign that the loan scheme is failing,” said Julie Pettett, President of ATSA. “Clearly the stress of student debt is being underestimated and needs to be addressed.”

“Indicative research shows that there are real negative post study affects of student loans on women,” said Pettett. “ATSA believes that the harsh reality of the scheme is now appearing.”

“ATSA believes that student loan debt will have a negative effect on this country if unchecked and this government needs to seriously address the issue.”

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: Reclaiming The N-Word - Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman

Black resistance to institutional racism in the US has a long, tangled, and traumatic intellectual history. Although we may have assumed much too easily that white supremacists like David Duke had become marginalised as a political force, in reality they never really disappeared ... More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Minstrel in The Gallery - Sam Hunt's Selected Poems

Perhaps the most striking aspect of Sam Hunt's poetry is its quality of urgent authenticity. Encountering this latest compilation, the reader is immediately struck by its easy accessibility, tonal sincerity, and lack of linguistic pretension ... More>>

A Matter Of Fact: Truth In A Post-Truth World

How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation? And conversely, how do we challenge our own pre-conceived notions of what we believe to be true? More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: The Road To Unfreedom

Valerie Morse: Yale professor of history Tim Snyder publishes a stunning account of the mechanisms of contemporary Russian power in US and European politics. In telling this story he presents both startling alarms for our own society and some mechanisms of resistance. More>>


Doing Our Bit: An Insider's Account Of New Zealand Political Campaigning

In 2013, Murdoch Stephens began a campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota. Over the next five years he built the campaign into a mainstream national movement – one that contributed to the first growth in New Zealand’s refugee quota in thirty years. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland