Paul Goldsmith selling students’ future, parents and educators to be told

Posted By TEU on Apr 13, 2017 | 1 comment

Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 13

Future generations of students could miss out on tertiary education altogether if a planned law change goes ahead, Sandra Grey, TEU national president, will tell parents and educators at the annual general meeting of the Quality Public Education Coalition (QPEC).

Grey will tell QPEC that the choices students make regarding what to study could be restricted to the most profitable courses and locations under the law proposed by Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Tertiary Education.

The law would require Ministers to give the exact same funding to profit-driven firms as tertiary education institutions established to serve the public good.

Subsidising private companies with public funds intended for polytechnics, universities and wānanga could in future see public institutions lose out to overseas companies.

Liz Gordon, QPEC co-ordinator, said this would further entrench National’s “failed private sector experiment in tertiary education.”

Private companies are compromised by the legal responsibility to create profit and deliver value to shareholders, Grey will say.

The obligation profit-driven companies have to their shareholders is incompatible with the ethos of public tertiary education, where provision is determined by community need, not money.

Allowing private companies to access public funds will introduce perverse incentives such as the cherry-picking of the most profitable courses and locations, and the undercutting of community-based public institutions.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Grey said: “National began with a working system and has replaced it with a string of failed experiments. Paul Goldsmith is planning to enshrine these failed experiments into law having never asked the public whether they want tertiary education to go in this direction, so I am looking forward to hearing what people at QPEC have to say.

“We know the public provision of tertiary education works. Through all of National’s failed experiments, public institutions, much-maligned and chronically underfunded, have carried on with the hard work of educating communities across New Zealand. The commitment of our public institutions is based on an ethic of service to the entire community that simply does not exist in profit-driven companies.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Staff and students tell VC “don’t put Waikato’s ASS on the line”
  2. Tertiary education community to rally behind Edgecumbe
  3. Government makes progress over commitment to resolve pay equity for educators
  4. Kiwis prepare to march for science

Other news

The Serious Fraud Office has closed its investigation into Intueri subsidiary Quantum Education – NZX

Enrolments at the University of Otago have remained steady compared to the same time last year, with equivalent full-time student numbers down by only 14, or 0.1 percent – ODT

WITT hosted a national conference this week focused on lifting Māori course completion rates – WITT

Minster for Tertiary Education, Paul Goldsmith, has published a review of the Marsden Fund – Beehive

Mayors in the Waikato region have unanimously supported the joint proposal from the University of Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board to establish a medical school in the region – Voxy

Government figures more students are achieving NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3 – Beehive

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