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


Chief Advisor On Adult And Community Education

Associate Education Minister Marian Hobbs has announced the appointment of Judi Altinkaya as Chief Advisor in Adult and Community Education within the Ministry of Education.

"This is an important step in revitalising a sector which has struggled with inadequate funding and ad hoc decisions for over a decade," Marian Hobbs said. "Developing the sector is part of the coalition government’s commitment to providing lifelong learning opportunities in New Zealand. It is critical that all New Zealanders have the opportunity to gain new skills throughout their lives to enable them to participate fully in their communities and in the workforce. Adult and community education provides many opportunities to gain those new skills."

Steps to strengthening the sector have already been taken with the release of the Working Party on Adult and Community Education Report, "Koia! Koia! Towards a Learning Society", which made a series of recommendations. Cabinet accepted this report last year and agreed that work should be undertaken to carry out the recommendations.

Marian Hobbs said the creation of the chief advisor position is another important step on the way to creating a learning society. Ms Altinkaya will be responsible for leading the strengthening of the sector. She will take responsibility for the development of policy and strategic priorities, which will include improving participation rates for under-represented groups in post-compulsory education programmes.

Ms. Altinkaya has been involved in adult and community education for the past 15 years as a programme organiser at local level and, since 1993, as the CEO of the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Home Tutor service.

Ms. Altinkaya takes up her appointment on April 8 2002.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news