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


More trouble ahead for tertiary education

Hon Bill English - National Education Spokesman

28 October 2004

More trouble ahead for tertiary education

The ongoing exodus of staff from the Tertiary Education Commission shows that the commission is in big trouble and Steve Maharey's tertiary strategy isn't working, says National's Education spokesman, Bill English.

His comments come as the head of TEC announces she is standing down after just six months in the job. The General Manager has also announced she is resigning after less than two years.

The commission has lost more than 90 staff in the 15 months since it was established.

TEC was established as an independent body, but Mr English says it's not much more than an extension of the Minister's office and has struggled with the implementation of Steve Maharey's pipe dream of a perfect system where he makes all the decisions and pulls all the levers.

"The tertiary sector will be pleased with a change of leadership at TEC, but no matter who is at the top, Mr Maharey's strategy will not work," he says.

"TEC is just one more layer in the bureaucratic tangle that Labour has made of education. While TEC gathers detailed data on everything under the sun, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on low-value courses that even the Government doesn't want.

"No one is looking forward to the next chapter of Steve Maharey's disastrous tertiary education strategy," says Mr English.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


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>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news