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


ITPs oppose university elitism

ITPs oppose university elitism

The Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand (ITP New Zealand) strongly opposes the University of Auckland’s proposal to restrict access to all undergraduate courses.

“New Zealand has a proud tradition of providing open access to tertiary education, including universities. That should not be changed in the Christmas rush”, said Dave Guerin, ITP New Zealand Executive Director.

“The University of Auckland has used government funding constraints as one reason for their rushed proposal. That assertion needs serious examination, as major changes to our tertiary education system should not be hidden in the appendix of a funding agreement. This debate should be widened to examine the effect of restricting entry across the tertiary education sector, as other institutions will inevitably follow the University of Auckland’s example. ”

“There have always been restrictions in courses that have a high cost, such as dentistry, or very high demand, such as law, and it is sensible to place some limits on access. Limiting all courses simply closes off students’ options.”

The ITP Charter, signed by ITP New Zealand’s members, states that ‘access to meaningful and relevant education in an appropriate and responsive learning environment is an inalienable right of all students’. ITP New Zealand promotes that access for our students, and believes that it should apply equally to the university sector.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: Reclaiming The N-Word - Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman

Black resistance to institutional racism in the US has a long, tangled, and traumatic intellectual history. Although we may have assumed much too easily that white supremacists like David Duke had become marginalised as a political force, in reality they never really disappeared ... More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Minstrel in The Gallery - Sam Hunt's Selected Poems

Perhaps the most striking aspect of Sam Hunt's poetry is its quality of urgent authenticity. Encountering this latest compilation, the reader is immediately struck by its easy accessibility, tonal sincerity, and lack of linguistic pretension ... More>>

A Matter Of Fact: Truth In A Post-Truth World

How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation? And conversely, how do we challenge our own pre-conceived notions of what we believe to be true? More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: The Road To Unfreedom

Valerie Morse: Yale professor of history Tim Snyder publishes a stunning account of the mechanisms of contemporary Russian power in US and European politics. In telling this story he presents both startling alarms for our own society and some mechanisms of resistance. More>>


Doing Our Bit: An Insider's Account Of New Zealand Political Campaigning

In 2013, Murdoch Stephens began a campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota. Over the next five years he built the campaign into a mainstream national movement – one that contributed to the first growth in New Zealand’s refugee quota in thirty years. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland