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


Education should not just be a man's world

8 December, 2003

Education should not just be a man's world

Green MP Nandor Tanczos has urged the Government to rethink its devotion to student loans in light of today's decision by the Human Rights commission to accept a claim by university students that the scheme is discriminatory against women.

Nandor congratulated national student body NZUSA for bringing the claim against the Labour Government, saying the Government needs to wake up to the real effects of the scheme.

"The Greens believe there is a compelling case which the Government must answer," said Nandor, the Green spokesperson for Tertiary Education.

"It echoes what we've been saying for many years - that the loans scheme is inherently unfair and is causing great damage to the future prospects of New Zealand.

"The fact that the Human Rights Commission has chosen to hear this claim should send a very strong message to the Government that student loans entrench discrimination and inequality in education," said Nandor.

Nandor said the release of another report today that that showed only 6.6 per cent of participants in the Modern Apprenticeships scheme are female was a further indictment on the Government's poor track record for women in education.

"The Government has poured millions of dollars into Modern Apprenticeships, which is essentially free education to those involved. The Greens support apprenticeships, but we are concerned that they have been set up in a way that ensures that, once again, the groups that miss out are women, Maori and Pacific Islanders.

"It seems strange that a Government committed to ending disparity has introduced an apprenticeship scheme that further compounds inequality, while refusing to budge on student loans with their massive impacts on Women, Maori and Pacific Island students."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news