Finance minister proposes tertiary education cuts

Posted By TEU on May 14, 2009 |

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Tertiary Update Volume 12 Number 14

Finance minister Bill English stated in parliament yesterday that he intends to cut tertiary education commitments to fund the probation service and corrections service. He then confirmed his intention this morning on National Radio’s Morning Report:

“Tertiary education is one area where the previous government has made some very large commitments against future budgets where they haven’t actually allocated the money. And we’ve signalled that we’re not going to be able to keep those commitments and don’t intend to.”

TEU President, Dr Tom Ryan, criticised the minister, saying for the sake of students and ordinary working people facing the recession, he needs to reconsider.

“The message Mr English’s statement sends to students and potential students is that there will be space in prisons but not in polytechnics, wānanga and universities. Tertiary education can help working families learn their way out of a recession that they didn’t create, but we need realistic investment to make that happen.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Govt scraps employment equity unit
  2. Fiji teacher sacked for democracy speech
  3. Don’t measure teachers on non-completion rates says Ryan
  4. Recession pressures universities to privatise
  5. Teaching graduates decline
  6. Polytechnic enrolments threaten to break cap
  7. $5 billion budget for Australian higher education


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