Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

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

 

Government slams door shut on polytech students

24 June 2009
Media Statement

Government slams door shut on polytech students

Thousands of aspiring polytechnic students are set to be turned away after the Government confirmed the polytechs were likely to face financial penalties if they enrol them, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street.

“This is another short-sighted decision by the Government which clearly prefers to see people stuck on the dole, rather than engaged in study and training required ensure we emerge from the recession with a work-ready and productive workforce.

“The Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand (ITPNZ) today said about 6000 aspiring students could be turned away from polytechnics as a result of the Government’s refusal to waive financial penalties if they exceeded enrolment caps,” Maryan Street says.

“The recession and rising unemployment has resulted in bigger than expected increases in enrolments this year, which the ITPNZ expects to total five to 10 per cent.

“But Education Minister Anne Tolley confirmed today that the Government would not step in to remove the barriers and allow the polytechnics to accept extra students, which will see many turned away. Polytechnics are making decisions now about enrolments for the second half of the year.

“Anne Tolley said polytechnics would have to reassess the type of courses being offered to ensure they provided for those most likely to be hit by the recession, such as youth, Maori and Pacific Peoples. But the reality is these are the very people applying for courses now and who are likely to be turned away,” Maryan Street says.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

“And she won’t say which courses need to be axed or scaled back. The ITPNZ says enrolment pressures are being experienced for courses such as nursing, engineering and IT – which are an investment in a productive economy.

“A third of all people now on the unemployment benefit now are under 24 and this figure is projected to rise steeply. The last thing we need is a generation of youth stuck on the dole when they could be in training instead.

“This move comes on top of significant funding cuts to Adult and Community Education courses, and raises serious questions about how many people are being consigned to the scrapheap by this Government.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On National Spreading Panic About The Economy


The lure for New Zealand to join the AUKUS military alliance is that membership of only its “second pillar” will still (supposedly) give us access to state of the art military technologies. As top US official Kurt Campbell said during his visit to Wellington a year ago:
...We've been gratified by how many countries want to join with us to work with cutting-edge technologies like in the cyber arena, hypersonics, you can go down a long list and it's great to hear that New Zealand is interested...
More


 
 


Government: Retiring Chief Of Navy Thanked For His Service

Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia... More


Labour: Grant Robertson To Retire From Parliament
Labour List MP and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson will retire from Parliament next month, and later in the year take up the position of Vice Chancellor of the University of Otago... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.