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

 


Access threats to education appalling

Access threats to education appalling

Students are appalled at the introduction of elitism and competition in education, if a rushed University of Auckland proposal recommending the capping of enrolments from 2009 passes through the institution's Council next week.

"This proposal represents a very real and unacceptable threat to access to tertiary education in New Zealand", said Joey Randall, Co-President of the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations (NZUSA).

Currently those willing and able are entitled to enter tertiary education. The University of Auckland is proposing to remove open entry to undergraduate courses from 2009. The University's Senate yesterday ignored arguments of student representatives and academics against the proposal, and voted to send the recommendation to Council for final approval.

"This institution's commitment to equity in education is in serious doubt. This policy shows no consideration of the real effects that this will have on equity at the University. Their answer to such concerns is to set up a working party to look at the issues after the policy has been approved. Students won't be fooled by this cynical proposition", said Randall.

"Scrapping open entry has been floated before and comprehensively rejected as discriminatory. The University of Auckland is turning to outmoded and prejudicial methods that have no place in contemporary education", said Randall.

"The urgency and secrecy with which this proposal has been rushed through is deeply concerning. To not engage with those directly affected by the capping of enrolments is unacceptable and undemocratic. The University's 'consultation' on this matter is laughable", said Randall.

The significant policy change was presented without warning, and when most classes and exams had concluded for the year, effectively silencing the key stakeholders in this discussion - students.

NZUSA supports the work of the Auckland University Students' Association (AUSA) in opposing the elimination of open entry and calls on the University of Auckland to reject the proposal to cap enrolments for undergraduate study immediately.

ENDS

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

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>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news