Education


NorthTec bosses have invited staff aged over 62 years to express an interest in quitting their jobs, raising fears that institution bosses are considering a further restructure by stealth, as well as wasting public money. The retire or resign offer has been made to staff who are not already affected by NorthTec management’s decision last week to press ahead with plans to cut more than 40 jobs, axe courses and close the...

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Today’s Education Review Office (ERO) report showing a ‘widespread’ lack of confidence in teacher graduates’ preparedness for the classroom is a  reminder to government and institution bosses that tertiary education staff must be listened to when training courses are changed. Expert staff and practitioners warned the Ministry of Education, the Tertiary Education Commission and colleges of education bosses that...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 20 No 38 Kiwis that have recently left school, or who have done less than half a full time year of post-school education or training will be eligible to study fees-free next year. The new fees-free policy fulfils an election promise made by Labour and is expected to benefit 80,000 people, an estimated 50,000 of whom would train or study at a polytechnic, as industry trainees or at a wānanga. Students’ fees...

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Auckland’s BEST Pacific Institute of Education closed last week after funding to the private training provider was pulled, leaving more than 1,000 students looking for somewhere else to study. Shareholders decided the institution could no longer trade after the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) cut funding because of concerns about its financial sustainability and performance. The TEC has been tasked with finding an...

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Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, reflects on her own time as a student to explain why fees-free tertiary education benefits us all. There’s a pile of unopened envelopes from IRD tucked away at my parents. Some have been sealed for nearly two decades. These rejected envelopes contain my student loan statements from five years of study at the University of Auckland. I never opened the envelopes when I was...

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Staff, students and the local community must be given a leading role in a new Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) project to look at the future of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said. Launched this week, the project will look at the financial viability of ITPs and what changes can be made to ensure the sector’s long-term sustainability. But when making the announcement the TEC did not...

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