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National’s approach to tertiary education is putting staff under immense pressure to pass students and must be the subject of a thorough sector-wide review before further changes are enshrined in law, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today. The call for a review coincides with publication of a ‘stress dossier’ outlining more than 500 anonymous comments the TEU received from staff in response to its recent State of the Sector...

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National will be betraying a pledge to ensure quality tertiary education provision in Timaru unless it intervenes to save five primary training courses earmarked for closure at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, the TEU said today. Management at the institution have today released a consultation paper that outlines plans to shut down a five courses, leaving six staff facing redundancy. The institution cites one reason for the proposed...

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Staff at tertiary education institutions are experiencing higher levels of stress, unsustainable workloads and are feeling more alienated from their jobs compared to a decade ago and reforms introduced by the National government are to blame, the results of a report published today by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) show. Findings in Education Under Pressure report suggest that reforms introduced by National have increased pressure...

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Putting 17 people at risk of losing their jobs and denying students the opportunity to learn valuable skills in the arts and social sciences is far too high a price to pay for the government to continue its failing experiment in market-based approaches to tertiary education, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today after Waikato University proposed yet another shake up of its Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In a proposal to...

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Tertiary education Minister Paul Goldsmith would be taking a reckless gamble with Kiwis’ futures if he adopts the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s report into the future of the sector, sending a clear signal ahead of the election that the market comes before the interests of staff and students, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today. The Productivity Commission’s report New models of tertiary education correctly...

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Responding to Auckland University Students’ Association’s statement in support of Thursday’s fair pay strike, John Egan, Academic co-president of the TEU at Auckland University, said: “We are delighted the AUSA is joining us in calling on the Vice-Chancellor to agree to an equal pay increase for all of our members and to pay the lowest paid staff the Living Wage. Academic and professional staff at the university work tirelessly to...

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