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


Budget Fails Students

Budget Fails Students

“Most students are very disappointed by today’s budget - it is a total reversal on Labour’s commitment to cut the cost to students of tertiary education.” said OPSA President, Michelle Watt.

While today’s budget takes some small steps to attack the student debt monster with some much needed tinkering with allowances and loans – it has not only failed to stabilise fees, but has opened the doors to fee increases. ‘Fees Maxima’ is a maximum threshold on what institutions can charge, however the maxima is set at the levels of some of the current highest fees.

“Labour would love to seen as continuing its containment on fee increases by the introduction of ‘Fees Maxima’, however without the necessary funding increases to institutions this maximum fee threshold is a mockery.” said OPSA President, Michelle Watt. The funding increase of 3% to institutions is simply not enough for tertiary institutions to cover inflation. As a result most institutions will resort to recovering these costs by increasing student’s fees. The effect on students and the country will be similar to the fee increases caused by National’s similar under-funding of tertiary institutions.

“While the fee freezes were a positive start to making education affordable to the public today’s budget is a step backwards to the days of National’s rampant fee increases.” said Ms Watt.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Chiptunes: Recreating Christmas Carols From Alan Turing's Computer

New Zealand researchers have recreated what is thought to be the first computer-generated Christmas music – exactly as it would have sounded on Alan Turing’s computer. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland