The Tertiary Education Union is gathering ideas to present to the Prime Minister as part of her national kōrero on the future of education.
The Prime Minister said Kōrero Mātauranga was the first step in finding out what students, staff, children, young people and their parents want the education system to look like over the next 30
Jacinda Ardern added that if the government is going to improve education to meet the needs of learners, it needs to “hear from young people who are in the middle of their education now and from those who care most about their future – their parents and their whānau.”
For students and staff, Kōrero Mātauranga is opportunity to tell the Prime Minister that there needs to be a properly funded public tertiary education system that guarantees regional provision, salaries and conditions that reflect the time, energy and skill staff put into their jobs, and a strong voice for students and staff in the decisions that affect work and study.
In recent weeks, the Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins, and the Tertiary Education Commission have been working on plans to change the tertiary education sector without first hearing from students and staff.
It is hoped that Kōrero Mātauranga is a signal that MPs intend to listen to what students, staff parents, iwi and local communities want from education before the government starts changing how people work and study.
The TEU collecting ideas from students and staff about what they would do to improve tertiary education. These ideas will be collated and given to the Prime Minister.
In addition to Kōrero Mātauranga, the Minister of Education is also organising two national education summits in May, bringing together more than 500 people to talk about the future of education. The TEU will be at both summits, but is concerned about the difficulty of having a proper conversation with over 500 people in one room.