Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Government will meet challenge of tertiary fees

Government will meet challenge of escalating tertiary fees and falling quality


17 April 2000

The previous government left the tertiary education sector in a 'dismal' state, and this government has inherited the mess and is committed to cleaning it up, the Alliance’s education spokesperson has told a public meeting in Porirua.

Liz Gordon said news that tertiary fees had risen by 27 percent in two years, and were a major contributer to inflation, shows the depth of the problem the government faces.

Dr. Gordon, who also chairs the Education and Science Select Committee, told the meeting that rising costs were not an indication of improved quality in the sector.

“The costs of tertiary education can be directly attributed to the National Government’s fostering of a hugely increased private tertiary sector and open slather competition between institutions for what is now a decreasing pool of students."

Dr. Gordon said that students were paying the price for a failed government policy which has inevitably reduced the quality of courses.

“For students, competition was supposed to bring down the price and improve the quality. The reality is the reverse of this."

She said that staff redundancies were inevitable in the 'expansionist' tertiary institutions such as Massey University.

“Apart from the upcoming loss of talent to the country, this means that students will be herded like cattle into ever larger classes, increasingly forced to learn by rote instead of critical analysis and limited to ‘tick the box’ assessment methods. All of this, of course, at increased cost to themselves, if current policies were allowed to continue."

Liz Gordon is also concerned about the viability of the private tertiary sector which, she says, was “born in a period of expansive competition, and is not well structured to cope with declining enrolments.

“There will certainly be financial as well as pedagogical failures in this sector."

She said the previous government’s policy of 'let the buyer beware' is being re-examined within the context of a government policy which now emphasises co-operation throughout the education system.

“We will need to assist young people to complete their qualifications, rather than simply blaming the victim for not choosing their courses better."

Dr. Gordon said that the new government is beginning to put policies in place to solve the problems of the tertiary sector.

“Labour is committed to ensuring that fees don’t go up and the Alliance is certainly keen to see them come down.

“The problems of redundancy in the public sector, quality and sustainability in the private sector and competition in both will be part of the response to be developed by the Tertiary Education Advisory Commission.

“As well, parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee has agreed to a public inquiry into fees, loans, allowances and other matters to do with the resourcing of tertiary education and we will be calling for submissions within a fortnight," she said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels