Education


Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 35 Policies introduced by the previous National government are forcing the  tertiary education sector down a track that urgently needs redirecting by the new Minister, the Tertiary Education Union said. Tertiary education is a public good that allows people to develop skills, learn trades, and create knowledge which helps families, communities and the economy. However, despite the change of...

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Tertiary education organisations need to do more to support te reo Māori learners, according to a report published by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Support for learning and using te reo Māori in tertiary institutions is variable, the study says, with the sector lacking a common set of strategies, policies, and practices for supporting reo Māori learners and speakers. To help address this, the study provides a range...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 34 A new online tool that staff and students can use to register complaints or concerns about tertiary education organisations launched this week, and follows in the wake of a Tertiary Education Union (TEU) survey that showed increased pressure on staff to change grades. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and Universities New Zealand are trialling...

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Jill Jones, president of the TEU branch at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), describes the impact market driven funding has had on institutions like MIT and her hope for the new government. It was Thursday, 19 October and my evening class at Manukau Institute of Technology was drawing to a close. The students had been working in small groups. As they packed up to leave, I noticed one young woman staring intently at her laptop...

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Vocational education at crisis point

Vocational education at crisis point


Posted By on Nov 10, 2017

Upheaval in the polytechnic sector continued this week with the announcement of a proposed management restructure at the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT bosses are proposing to replace seven faculty heads with three campus managers. The announcement comes just days after NorthTec outlined plans to cut jobs and close its Rawene and Kerikeri campuses. Earlier this week arts students at NorthTec launched an online...

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The massive job cuts announced at NorthTec last week could be avoided with the support of the new government. Management at NorthTec notified staff this afternoon of a planned restructure of the institution that would leave over 50 dedicated members of staff without a job and the potential closure of the Rawene and Kerikeri campuses. The TEU reacted with dismay to the proposals. The planned cuts are a consequence of years of...

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