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Education key issue in ChCh next week

Forum, Conference, Rally & March - Education key election issue in
Christchurch next week.

Next week sees Education highlighted as a key election issue in
Christchurch with a national education forum, a student conference, and
a Quality Public Education Coalition rally and march.

ìThese three events put the heat on politicians to constructively engage
the key issues surrounding education from early childhood through to
tertiary educationî, said Darel Hall, President of the University of
Canterbury Studentsí Association.

On Wednesday 17 November the University of Canterbury is hosting a
National Forum on University Education with Sir Paul Reeves as Forum
Chair. The Forum brings together students, staff and management of
universities, and sector guests, to discuss the issues of fees & loans,
access to and the quality of university education. Speakers include
Brian Easton and Neville Blampied.

On Thursday 18 November students from around the country will attend a
conference at the UCSA discussing how students can progress issues from
a student perspective.

On Friday 19 November the Quality Public Education Coalition has
organised a march through central Christchurch and a rally at Victoria
Square to promote ëEducation for life - not for profití. The main
speaker will be John Minto, QPEC Chair. The QPEC march and rally is a
culmination of sector group efforts from early childhood, primary,
secondary and tertiary education stakeholders.


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