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

 

Strengthen the commitment for the public good

Strengthen the commitment for the public good

Staff and students in tertiary education institutions are calling on parliament to be bolder and ensure their expertise around teaching, learning, and research is taken seriously in strategic planning for institutions.


The Education Amendment Bill is back before parliament today, but the proposed amendments to the bill do not go far enough for NZUSA and NZTEU. Tertiary education staff and students are urging parliament to legislate that all TEI council’s must have two staff and two student seats, with representatives democratically elected.

The Education and Workforce select committee report recommends only one student member of councils and one staff member of councils be required, with polytechs and universities given the option of having two staff representative if they want.

“Who would you expect to hear from if you were making strategic decisions about what support and academic services are needed for today’s learners to ensure they remain engaged in their studies – well students and staff for a start.” says Jonathan Gee from NZUSA

“Sadly a single student representatives’ ideas could be easily overlooked and crowded out on councils which will still have a significant majority of the membership made up of ministerial appointments and those with corporate expertise. If teaching and learning is to be at the heart of our tertiary education system, as it should be in order to deliver daily for all kiwis, parliament must act now.”

NZTEU president Sandra Grey says the very significant failures in our tertiary education sector recently could have perhaps been less severe if council’s had been able to draw on staff and student expertise.

“This is why hundreds of staff made submissions to the select committee urging for one third of the council seats to be occupied by staff and students, leaving two thirds for business, community, and iwi leaders.”

“It’s great to see the select committee recognising that staff and students have the requisite expertise to sit on councils – but we need parliament to be bolder around the council composition.”

The changes to the Education Amendment Bill section on council composition are a credit to our members who have long campaigned to have a much greater say in how their institutions are run. They have known all along that the best results are achieved when staff, students, institutions and the local community are collectively responsible for decisions about the teaching, learning and research that are carried out at our institutions, and it is great to have a government that has finally listened.

As well as increasing staff and student representation, parliament could be bolder around the numbers of seats in order to ensure diversity of members at the table. “The select committee heard the strong submissions from TEU members on the need to increase the number of seats on polytechnic councils as well, though it has only recommended lifting to ten at most.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels