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

 

Labour’s Step Up Scholarships a Poor Second Best


Labour’s Step Up Scholarships a Poor Second Best for Students

Providing fees scholarships for a small number of tertiary students is a poor second best to fully funded tertiary education for all New Zealanders.

Labour’s announcement yesterday of an extra 175 “Step Up” scholarships will be helpful for the recipients but merely underlines just how far Labour has strayed from making high quality tertiary education available to all students as a right of citizenship.

If Labour had fundamental principles this would surely be one! It appears not.

Labour has abandoned fully funded tertiary education – even as a long term objective!

Education Minister Trevor Mallard acknowledges that working class New Zealanders are poorly represented in many high quality tertiary courses and yet the high cost of tertiary education is one of the critical factors which limits opportunities for students from working class backgrounds from gaining access to these courses in the first place.

Meanwhile tertiary education fees are continuing their rapid rise with Massey University suggesting increases of up to 10% for many courses in 2006 - double the government guideline and well above the rate of inflation.

In fact many, if not all public tertiary education providers are looking at fee increases above the rate of inflation.

We acknowledge Labour’s policy of zero interest on student loans as a significant step in the right direction on student loans but this policy will be seriously eroded before it is even implemented because students must borrow more to begin with!

ACT/National policy offers nothing better (if fact their privatisation policies would be disastrous) but this is no excuse for Labour to pursue second best policies with third rate resourcing.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>


Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland