National must put Manukau students before profit

Posted By TEU on Jul 27, 2017 | 2 comments

A private, for-profit provider is set to open in Manukau next month and will compete directly with the local, publicly-owned polytechnic.

Aspire2 will open for business in August and aims to profit from around 500 construction, allied and engineering students each year.

Its new campus will be on the doorstep of the local public provider, Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), which already offers a wide range of trade qualifications.

Under a new law National wants to pass before the election, Aspire2 would be entitled to receive the exact same public funding as MIT for any equivalent course it teaches.

The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has warned repeatedly that the law would encourage for-profit providers to move into potentially profitable areas to compete with public institutions.

Sandra Grey, national president of the TEU, said: “Public institutions like MIT have long-lasting relationships with their local communities. They offer facilities to community groups and organisations, as well as build important relationships with iwi/hapū, local businesses and service organisations.

“Any commitment Aspire2 says it has to forging these kinds of community connections is always going to be compromised by the extent to which it can guarantee a satisfactory return to its owners.

“Aspire2 may well say it has other objectives, but these will all be subservient to its primary aim of making a profit. Forcing public institutions like MIT to compete with private providers will not drive improvements in quality. It’s about time we put students before profit.”

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  1. This would be the same Aspire 2 who fudged a whole bunch of results so that International students who didn’t have a prayer in passing their courses were “gifted” marks just to get them off the Aspire 2 books?

    And this is the same MIT whose Tutors wrote student answers for them in the marking books, and then “passed” the students, and the same MIT that is heading for a Category 2 downgrade, right on the back of the Unitec category 2 downgrade?

    Sorry, the difference between public and private funded education is…………………….???

    Nothing – they all cheat.

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  2. I have worked for both MIT and Aspire2.

    Aspire2 are run by sharks. Shareholders ahead of people, across the board. That story about fudging results just adds to the list I already know about. I was asked to do unscrupulous things for Aspire2.

    I never came across anything even close at MIT. The people I worked with genuinely cared about education, the students and putting people first. So disappointing for the Manukau community.

    Sad for New Zealand that tertiary education is coming to this.

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