TEU welcomes this afternoon’s commitment by the minister of tertiary education to guarantee that the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and CPIT will be funded for the number of students they had prior to the September 2010 earthquake.
“Its good to see the government responding to public campaigning from tertiary education staff and the wider public,” said TEU national president Dr Sandra Grey.
“But this announcement does not go far enough. Maintaining previous rates of funding will not, for instance, be enough to prevent hundreds of jobs cuts at tertiary institutions around the Canterbury region. The universities and polytechnic will need more financial help because there will be a loss of income from student fees over the next three years.”
Canterbury’s tertiary institutions and their staff have crucial roles to play in helping the region rebuild. Funding them to keep staff and students is a crucial investment, not a cost.
TEU members are currently meeting to plan their on-going campaign to rebuild and protect tertiary education in Canterbury. Prior to his announcement today nearly a thousand people have signed a TEU petition to minister Steven Joyce this week calling on him to invest in the University of Canterbury.
For more information:
Dr Sandra Grey, TEU national president, 021 844 176 or 04 801 5098
Stephen Day, TEU communications officer, 021 2900 734 or 04 801 4792