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

 


Joyce’s privatisation agenda damages foundation education

Grant
ROBERTSON
Tertiary Education, Skills and Training Spokesperson

03 December 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Joyce’s privatisation agenda damages foundation education

Steven Joyce's ideological agenda to increase the privatisation of tertiary education is damaging the quality and provision of vital foundation and bridging programmes in our polytechnics, says Grant Robertson Labour Tertiary Education, Skills and Training spokesperson.

Mr Robertson was speaking to the Foundation and Bridging Education of New Zealand (FABENZ) conference today.

“Foundation and bridging education are an essential part of our education system. They often provide a second chance to people who have struggled at school or who are looking to improve their lives.

“But due to the Government’s cuts to polytechnic funding, many of these courses are being cut and the staff who deliver them are losing their jobs. The latest cuts have seen $32 million removed and nearly 100 jobs are to go.

"The programmes have been allocated to private providers, some of whom are simply not up to the job. One Polytechnic has reported being approached by one of the new private providers asking for curriculum materials. This is a direct result of a rushed tendering process and a focus on a least cost model. This puts in danger the quality of programmes and the future of students looking to get ahead.

"There is a need to ensure that foundation education meets the needs of students, and that the courses are of good quality. There is a place for private training providers where there are gaps in public provision. But Steven Joyce seems determined to create those gaps by undermining the polytechs.

"Improving the quality of foundation and bridging programmes will only happen if a collaborative approach is adopted that recognises the complex task that faces educators. It is being made more difficult by a Minister who refuses to take off his ideological blinkers," Grant Robertson says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

New Zealand Law Society: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

Change For 2017: Local Govt To Decide On Easter Sunday Trading

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced. More>>

ALSO:

(And Targets Worse Than Australia's): Foresters Abandoning Emissions Trading Scheme

The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. More>>

ALSO:

New Evidence: Burdett Case Must Be Reopened - Labour

New evidence produced by 3D Investigates tonight is a further reason why the role of Malcolm Rewa in the murder of Susan Burdett needs to be re-examined says Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: High Court Rejects NZTA Basin Flyover Appeal

The High Court today dismissed the NZ Transport Agency’s attempt to overturn the rejection of its controversial plan to build a 300-metre concrete flyover alongside the Basin Reserve. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Ngāti Whātua On Kingitanga Claim In Wider Auckland

“We've had a long-standing relationship with Tainui and the Kingitanga; in fact we gifted land to them within Tāmaki in the 1830s... We acknowledge that Tainui and the Kingitanga has interests in parts of wider Auckland. However, we will be watching this claim and others very closely." More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Serco Wants In, While State Houses Grow Mould

The Government must keep scandal plagued outsourcing company Serco away from our state housing after their disastrous record running Mt Eden prison, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Safety Bill: Classing Farming As Low Risk A 'Dangerous Message'

A coalition of big business leaders says the government "sends a dangerous message" by classing farming as a low risk activity as details emerge in the long-delayed Health and Safety Reform... “It sends a signal that everything is okay in the farming sector – and that the industry can continue on with business as usual. That’s just not true." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news