Parliament

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

 

Community education funding changes announced


Community education funding changes announced


New funding arrangements for community education courses taught by public tertiary institutions were announced today.

The government has decided to reduce and cap the total funding available for classification 5.1 courses, which covers courses for part-time students often lasting only a few weeks. Evening classes in secondary schools are not funded via this mechanism. Over the next three years (2003/04 to 2006/07) approximately $144 million of anticipated funding for these courses will be reinvested in other higher priority tertiary education courses.

As part of these changes, the funding rate for classification 5.1 will be reduced from $5707 per equivalent fulltime student (EFTS) to $5000 for 2005. This represents a funding rate cut of 12.4 per cent for this type of education. The average community education student was enrolled for a course load of 0.074 EFTS, which is equivalent to about 2 and a half weeks full-time study. The average funding rate under the new rules is therefore $370 per student.

Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said the new rules, developed after consultation with the tertiary education sector, ensure the continued provision of community education, while freeing up funding for higher priority courses.

“Community education has long had a niche role in the tertiary education system, chiefly at the nation’s polytechnics, offering low cost and flexible learning opportunities for ordinary New Zealanders. The funding changes announced today confirm the government’s commitment to this type of education in to the future.

“Substantial growth in both student numbers and total funding for community education that has occurred at a few institutions, particularly over the past year, has led the government to act to ensure that further unexpected increases do not occur over the 2004 to 2006 period. The funding changes will return overall spending to between 2002 and 2003 levels, with funding available for 2005 and 2006 depending on how much is spent this year.

“The Tertiary Education Commission, through its profile negotiations for 2005, will allocate funding in accordance with the overall Tertiary Education Strategy. This may result in less than the full cap being allocated. It would be prudent for institutions not to increase their community education enrolments in 2004 and ensure that their courses are in line with the goals of the Strategy,” Steve Maharey said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election