Education


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s aspiration that this Budget provides a foundation for the future has been dealt a severe blow by the failure to invest further in tertiary education. Aspects of the Budget welcomed by the Tertiary Education Union include the commitment to build more houses, extend low cost GP visits, invest in rebuilding the health system, and ensure we have enough teachers to inspire our kids. However, the TEU has been...

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Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 9 Minister for Education Chris Hipkins has backed down from comments made in a Cabinet Paper that suggested he was prepared to intervene to change working conditions for people working in institutes of technology and polytechnics. Speaking at the Tertiary Education Union’s (TEU) conference on Friday, the Minster said the Cabinet Paper was wrong to say that ITPs would be helped by renegotiating “terms...

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The Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has launched a framework, Te Koeke Tiriti, to help further and deepen its commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The framework was launched to guide TEU Te Hautū Kahurangi’s Tiriti relationships and behaviours, setting our vision of how members and staff aspire to work together. “Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the foundation for the relationship between Māori and the crown. Honouring our commitment to Te...

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Good, but could do better. That’s the verdict from Tertiary Education Union’s six month scorecard of government efforts to reform the tertiary education sector. The TEU said Minister for Education Chris Hipkins had taken some hugely positive steps towards recognising the benefits public tertiary education brings to us all. Two examples in particular stand in stark contrast to the disastrous market-based approach of the last National...

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Former National Education Minister Sir Lockwood Smith has been appointed by current Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ to sit on a new eight-member advisory group. Smith with need to prove he is willing to listen to a wide range of views from students and staff as part of the Government’s Education Work Plan, the Tertiary Education Union said. Best remembered for saddling a generation of students with unmanageable debt through the...

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Students could be left without places to study in their local communities because of an emerging $6 billion funding crisis, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has warned. Treasury figures analysed by the TEU show that cumulative underfunding to the sector reached $3.7 billion this year from 2009 levels. Based on current figures the funding hole will increase to more than $6 billion over the next three years. Minister for Education...

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