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


Budge it or Dodge it?

18 May 2005

Budge it or Dodge it?

Students at Otago Polytechnic are urging the Government to make substantial budges to Dr. Cullen's budget tomorrow.

"Student and Graduate debt has more than doubled since the 1999 Labour government was elected. With Tertiary fees embarrassingly high and decreasing numbers of students getting an allowance, the Budget needs to provide clear financial support for students." said Rachel Dibble, president of the Otago Polytechnic Students' Association.

Students are calling for the Government to move towards a living allowance for all students and zero fees rather than continuing to fail to deliver on the country's educational needs.

"Many of our leading politicians dodged being encumbered by a student loan. Will this Government continue to be part of the problem of scandalous student debt or will this Budget deliver more than just tennis balls to dodge?" queried Ms. Dibble.

Students and graduates owe over $7 Billion dollars collectively, with the average debt (while studying) impacting on Otago students to the amount of $18,123

"As the student debt crisis worsens tomorrow's budget may be Labour's last chance to attack the debt monster rather than dodge it!" said Ms. Dibble


© 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