WITT


NZQA’s decision to downgrade the confidence it has in the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki’s (WITT) ability to provide quality education is symptomatic of a tertiary education system under immense strain. Published on Friday, NZQA’s latest External Evaluation and Review (EER) downgraded WITT to a category three, indicating it is “not yet confident” in the institution’s education performance or self-assessment. The downgrade...

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NZQA’s decision to downgrade the confidence it has in the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki’s (WITT) ability to provide quality education is symptomatic of a tertiary education system under immense strain, the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union said today. Published on Friday, NZQA’s latest External Evaluation and Review (EER) downgraded WITT to a category three, indicating it is “not yet confident” in the institution’s...

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WITT courses put on notice


Posted By on Jan 19, 2017

The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) is cutting at least one course from its programme for the coming year, with another two at risk. WITT Chief Executive, Barbara George, told Stuff that the certificate in photography would be cut due to low enrolments. Teaching in the topic will now be part of the general creative arts course. Courses in marae catering, fitness training and computing are also under threat. George...

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WITT backtracks on closing courses

WITT backtracks on closing courses


Posted By on Nov 19, 2015

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 39 The Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) has withdrawn plans for a course-cutting review after criticism from TEU. The polytechnic announced on Monday that it was planning to cut courses and staff numbers, and to increase class sizes. TEU criticised the media statements, saying they were a breach of WITT’s legal duty of good faith. WITT is required, under its agreement with TEU, to consult on...

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The Western Institute of Technology in Taranaki (WITT) is not acting in good faith and is breaching the law over its decisions to close courses, says TEU. TEU organiser Lawrence O’Halloran says the polytechnic announced specific decisions about closing courses, increasing class sizes and cutting staff numbers through the media and before consulting with staff who would be affected. WITT is required, under its agreement with TEU, to...

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WITT members quick to find settlement

WITT members quick to find settlement


Posted By on Dec 11, 2014

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 43 Strong union membership at Taranaki’s WITT helped the polytechnic settle on new working conditions and pay. Within the space of two days last fortnight, union members were able to reach an agreement that includes a pay rise and no cuts to core conditions. Two weeks ago, WITT was in collective agreement negotiations with its staff who are TEU members. Both sides were concerned that the polytechnic had...

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