Māori Party confirms opposition to tertiary education Bill

Posted By TEU on Sep 21, 2017 |

Tertiary Update Election Edition – Vol 1 No 5

The TEU is pleased to report that Marama Fox, co-leader of the Māori Party, has told the TEU that her party is opposed to National’s tertiary education Bill.

The Bill would give Ministers greater powers to divert public funds away from public tertiary education providers and hand them to private companies instead.

Following kōrero with the TEU about the impact the Bill could have on Māori students, their whānau, and communities, Marama Fox confirmed to the union that the party would no longer support the planned changes set out in the Bill, having initially voted in favour at first reading.

The TEU’s election resources have been updated to reflect the Māori Party’s opposition to the Bill.

National is already allowing profit-driven providers to access public funds through its competitive funding model, an approach this Bill would extend.

This will do little to ensure the tertiary education sector can deliver broad-based programmes as part of a nationally agreed plan that meets community, iwi/hapū, business, industry and service provider needs and achieves priority goals such as greater participation by and success of Māori and Pacific peoples.

Much more needs to be done to ensure achievement rates for Māori match their Pākehā counterparts, but it is better to do this in public institutions that are accountable to government, whānau, hapū and iwi in a way that private for-profit providers are not.

The TEU will be working with its members to ensure Labour, the Greens, New Zealand First and now the Māori Party maintain their opposition to the Bill so it does not pass.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Second chance learners rely on public tertiary education
  2. Election a huge opportunity to improve lives of students
  3. National announces tertiary education policy
  4. What next for tertiary education?
  5. TEU celebrates Suffrage Day

Other news

The Tertiary Education Commission has published its educational performance indicators, which show completions dropped by 2 per cent for polytechnics, wānanga and private training establishments, but were stable for universities – TEC

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has cancelled for-profit provider Oasis International Education’s registration as a private training establishment for a significant breach of NZQA rules – NZQA

NZQA has also put conditions on the Mahitahi Trust, stopping them from enrolling new students and awarding any unit standards or qualifications – NZQA

NZQA has updated its definition of notional learning hours – NZQA

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published its annual Education at a Glance report, a useful source for information on the state of education around the world – OECD

The Pasifika Education Centre has had an increase in enrolments in Pacific languages – Radio 531

WelTec and Whitireia are setting up a Health and Social Services Centre of Learning – Whitireia

The Victoria University of Wellington is launching a new Master of Science and Society – VUW

The Victoria University of Wellington and Va’aomanū Pasifika is launching a new scholarship fund in memory of Dr Teresia Teaiwa – VUW

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