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

 


Govt to Dismiss Wananga as a “Manufactured Crisis"

Government Plan to Dismiss Wananga Board a “Manufactured Crisis”

The Minister of Education’s threat issued on Monday to sack the Board of Te Wananga O Aotearoa is part of a crisis manufactured by the government rather than created by the Wananga.

It is quite true that many of the Wananga courses have been of questionable quality – QPEC has raised concerns about this in the past – and questions of nepotism in the management systems called for a thorough, independent investigation.

However these concerns – especially in relation to quality – have been around for a long time but the government only showed interest when they were raised in public by opposition politicians.

Fearful of another “Orewa-type” reaction with the public the government moved from inert to knee-jerk and the Minister of Education publicly hammered the Wananga. Inevitably this precipitated a crisis of confidence and the Wananga’s financial problems multiplied rapidly.

So having created the crisis by ignoring concerns and then overreacting the government has manufactured the educational disaster the Minister of Education now purports to solve by dismissing the board.

At the heart of the problem is the government’s market-driven tertiary education policy which has seen a proliferation of low-cost, low quality courses in tertiary education – particularly in the private sector but also in institutions such as Te Wananga O Aotearoa.

For example when Labour became government funding for private tertiary providers was a mere $17 million per year. Three years later this had ballooned to more than $150 million per year. Alongside this Te Wananga O Aotearoa mushroomed to become the largest tertiary education provider in New Zealand in just a few short years.

The political posturing from Education Minister Mallard in acting tough on Maori will appeal to instinctive prejudice among many but is deeply derogatory of Maori education initiatives. It is yet another unfortunately typical “bully-boy” reaction from the Minister.

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news