Aoraki Polytechnic would not be looking to merge if it were not for failed government funding policies says TEU national president Sandra Grey.
Grey says the government’s approach to funding polytechnics is failing most noticeably in the regions, where institutions are trying to provide education to diversely spread, rural people.
“The funding isn’t enough for our big city polytechnics, but it’s really harming our regional polytechnics.”
Grey says TEU members at CPIT and Aoraki are working hard to make sure programmes they are dedicated to can survive beyond the two polytechnics’ merger.
“While we are working to mitigate any loss of courses, this merger is not going to be wholly positive for the communities the polytechnics cover. But it is the inevitable result of government policies that are making it harder for smaller regional polytechnics to provide face-to-face courses for their students.”
“Providing education in the regions is more expensive, and the government needs to look at covering that cost. It also needs to ensure local people in every region have access to lower level job-skills and life-skills courses to which they can easily travel.”