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The New Zealand Tertiary Education Union – Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa


Today’s budget will cut funding to public tertiary education, handing millions of dollars of public funds to the private sector. Commenting on the announcement, Tertiary Education Union National Secretary, Sharn Riggs, said: “Today Stephen Joyce announced that National would cut more than $15.5 million in funding to our public universities and polytechnics, while increasing funding to private providers by almost $24 million. “This is...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 19 If you agree that public funds should go to universities, polytechnics and wānanga instead of for-profit providers, tell National to keep tertiary education public, local and focused on learning, not profit. Paul Goldsmith, the Minister for Tertiary Education, is working with his National colleagues to change the law so he can fund companies that are more concerned about making a profit than quality...

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The New Zealand National College has stopped teaching four business courses after an investigation found assessment and moderation issues. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) found instances where business tutors at the college gave students the wrong marks Radio New Zealand reported that NZQA assessors disagreed with 80 percent of the grades they double-checked in two courses at the college in September last year. NZQA’s...

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Rising costs of living are preventing students accessing tertiary education and must be addressed in today’s budget statement, the New Zealand Union of Students’ Association (NZUSA) said. NZUSA has published a wish list of changes they would like to see announced in this afternoon’s Budget that it says would improve access to tertiary education. The changes include introducing a housing grant to deal with skyrocketing rents that can...

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It is Pink Shirt Day tomorrow and the TEU is working with Massey University to take a stand against workplace bullying by celebrating the day at each of its campuses. Pink Shirt Day is an opportunity for people to take a collective stand in support of healthy, respectful and bully-free workplaces. The TEU at Massey University will be talking to staff and students about workplace bullying at stalls from 11.30 to 1.30 at their Albany,...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 18 Staff, students and representatives of the local community will come together tomorrow at the Ara Institute of Canterbury to launch the TEU’s campaign to protect quality public tertiary education from a controversial law prioritising for-profit providers. Join the campaign here and show National that Kiwis want properly funded public tertiary education. National’s law will amend the Education Act to...

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It is Pink Shirt Day next Friday, 26 May. TEU will be working with Massey University to mark the day at each of their campuses. Pink Shirt Day is a recognised international day established in Canada, in 2007. A group of school pupils decided to defend a boy who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In a show of solidarity, many other pupils wore pink shirts to school. By wearing a pink shirt, people identify themselves as an ally. It...

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One week after a public forum in Auckland critiqued the Productivity Commission’s report into new models of tertiary education, independent economist Brian Easton shares his thoughts on what the recommendations mean for the sector. I do not think one should dignify the Productivity Commission report with any praise. It is a bad report based on faulty foundations and a complacent one ignoring the issues it should have looked at. But...

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For-profit provider closed by NZQA

For-profit provider closed by NZQA


Posted By on May 18, 2017

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has cancelled Linguis International Institute’s registration following serious concerns about educational performance and compliance with NZQA rules. NZQA found plagiarism rates of between 20 and 50 per cent at the for-profit provider’s campuses in Auckland and Christchurch. Students studying at Linguis were told by NZQA they would be supported by NZQA to continue with their...

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Students at Unitec are regularly going without food or other necessities because they cannot afford them, according to a survey of students by the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). The survey results have reignited calls on National to increase student support. With the budget announced next Thursday, NZUSA is calling on Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul...

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Join our campaign.  National is trying to change the law to require Ministers to give the exact same funding to profit-driven firms as tertiary education institutions established to serve the public good. Subsidising private companies with public funds intended for polytechnics, universities and wānanga means public institutions and local communities losing out to companies that prioritise profit over education. Add your name to...

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National is trying to change the law to require Ministers to give the exact same funding to profit-driven firms as tertiary education institutions established to serve the public good. We are launching a campaign to stop Parliament passing this law. To help us win, we are asking branches to nominate a union member to act as a primary point of contact for the campaign at their institution. This person will play a really important role...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 17 Parliamentary debate on a new law that will fundamentally change the future of tertiary education opened on Tuesday, triggering accusations from Labour and the Greens that National is prioritising private for-profit providers. The law enshrines a funding approach that has already been trialled at some levels of tertiary education provision and led to the closure of courses in small rural and regional...

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National is being reckless trying to pass a new tertiary education law without first evaluating what impact its reforms have had on teaching and learning, stories from more than 500 staff suggest. The TEU is calling for a sector-wide review of the changes National has made to tertiary education before it enshrines its failed experiment in law. The call came as the TEU published a ‘stress dossier’ of more than 500 anonymous stories...

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