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National is a bit slow on the uptake

Hon Pete Hodgson
Minister for Tertiary Education

2 April 2008 Media Statement
National a bit slow on the uptake

National is a bit slow on the uptake.

Pete Hodgson has already answered Dr Paul Hutchison’s questions in the House about the Tertiary Education Commission’s restructure today.

“But I do so again in the hope that he understands it this time,” he said.

“So let’s go through it again, as regards why it has a staff turnover rate of 25.5%, I said that the TEC was formed from people out of the Ministry of Education and from Skill New Zealand. It was then quietly and quickly rationalised.

“To put it even more simply, as I did in the House:

A whole lot of bureaucrats had to lose their jobs, and other, differently skilled, bureaucrats were taken on, and in the meantime a bit of contracting out occurred. That is roughly the story.

“Let’s hope three times is enough, even for those a bit slow on the uptake,” Pete Hodgson said.


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