Change happens when we stand together

Posted By TEU on Aug 17, 2017 |

Tertiary Update Election Edition Vol 1 No 1

Together we have stopped National’s attempt to change the law to funnel public money to private tertiary education.

Over the past few months, nearly 5,000 people have joined our campaign to keep tertiary education public – signing petitions, making thousands of submissions, and appearing before the Select Committee to present their view about the risks posed to our tertiary education system by National’s Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Bill.

Parliament meets for the last time today before the upcoming General Election and with the Select Committee yet to finish going through all the evidence it received, we know the Bill will not pass.

To everyone that has stood with us we would like to say thank you. Our campaign has shown that when we stand together we can win.

Now the election is looming, and depending on who forms the next government, public, local tertiary education could still be under threat. We need to get people thinking about the future of tertiary education – and other public services – when they go to vote on 23 September.

Over the next five weeks Tertiary Update will focus its attention on what the election means for the future of public tertiary education in Aotearoa.

It will feature guest contributions from leading figures in the sector covering a range of topics that will highlight why it is so important we use our vote to make sure tertiary education is public, local and focused on people, not profit.

This first election edition features contributions on why regional public education matters for Māori, Pasifika and low income families; how National’s market-based approach is failing people with mental health needs and the Living Wage. These and future contributions will also be available on our website.

We hope you find the insights from people working in the sector useful as you decide how to cast your vote. As ever we would welcome your thoughts, comments and stories about the importance of public tertiary education.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Local public tertiary education is vital for Māori
  2. Mental health needs are failed by competitive funding
  3. Your university, pay and the living wage

Other news

Massey University has developed an interactive election policy guide to encourage young New Zealanders to vote – Massey

A Newshub-Reid Research showed that 68 per cent agree that students should get more support from the government, including 53 per cent of National party voters – Voxy

Students at the University of Otago’s School of Physical Education Sport and Exercise Science are campaigning to protect parts of the school from planned cuts – ODT

Tertiary Education Minister, Paul Goldsmith has published the Tai Tokerau Northland International Education Strategy – Beehive

Education New Zealand has issued a tender for advice on developing a new strategic pricing methodology for international education – ENZ

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