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Student guardian issue a symptom of larger problem

Student guardian issue a symptom of larger problem

United Future education spokesperson, Judy Turner, today warned that the overseas guardian loophole that was 'fixed' yesterday is just a symptom of a larger crisis.

According to Mrs Turner, "It is time to accept that the needs and circumstances surrounding overseas students and their caregivers are being overlooked and ignored.

"The Guardian Visa situation is simply another example of a wider problem that has been passed over by the Government."

Mrs Turner's warning comes after she questioned Education Minister Steve Maharey in the House last week, on the issue of overseas student neglect and ensuring students are providing with adequate pastoral care and support.

Maharey's reply conceded, "I think that that is one of the issues we do need to get on top of."

Mrs Turner explained that action needs to be taken before more serious problems arise.

"The recent decline in Chinese student numbers is one result of this sector-wide neglect, but I am very concerned that further problems may manifest themselves if urgent action is not taken."

Mrs Turner expressed further concern regarding the reported case of a dead baby found in the garden of a Dunedin hall of residence on Sunday.

"Reports from other overseas students suggest that language barriers and uncertain channels for seeking help, may have contributed towards the failure of the mother getting assistance with her pregnancy," said Mrs Turner.


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