Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Budget 2011- bad for students, worse for women

Budget 2011- bad for students, worse for women

Student leaders are condemning today’s Budget announcements that will see education and training put out of reach of many New Zealanders, with women being hardest hit.

“The Government has made it very clear today that is does not care about the career potential and financial security of many members of our society,” said Caitlin Dunham, National Women’s Rights Officer at the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA).

Budget 2011 announcements included barring those aged 55 and over from borrowing for living costs and course-related from the Student Loan Scheme, and excluded many part-time students from borrowing for course-related costs. The changes further emphasise the Government’s preoccupation with full time school leavers and leaves those who wish to gain life experience before study, out in the cold.

“Students over the age of 55 are disproportionately female, from a time when tertiary education was not widely promoted as an option for women,” said Dunham. “These are the women who may not have had access to higher education when they left school, and now that they are older and have raised families, need to receive formal training to re-enter the workforce,” said Dunham. “Cutting access to student loans for this group will see the doors unfairly shut on education opportunities for them,” added Dunham.

“Many students may be part time due to circumstances, and not simply choice, such as raising a family, having a disability or trying to juggle work and study at the same time. Many will be almost on a full time study load. They’re seen as part time, yet still face the same child care, text book and transport costs as full time students, so this cut is very unfair,” said Dunham.

“Coupled with cuts in previous Budget’s to the Training Incentive Allowance, today’s announcements show that National clearly don’t value the contribution that older and women students and workers make to the success of the nation’s economy and society,” concluded Dunham.

NZUSA is the national representative body for tertiary students and has been advocating on issues for learners since 1929.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election