Waiāriki Institute of Technology has reinstated a diploma course after it was mistakenly axed according to the Rotorua Daily Post.
A group of students studying the institution’s Diploma in Interior Design contacted the Daily Post late last week after being told the diploma they had spent thousands of dollars to work towards would not be going ahead. The students had completed a Certificate in Interior Design and were going on to the diploma.
One of the students, Kim Wilson, who has studied part-time towards the diploma since 2009, said she went to class on Wednesday afternoon where nine students were handed resources for the course.
She said the head of the department arrived and told them he was the bearer of some bad news and that the course was not going ahead as there were not enough students.
A meeting was arranged between chief executive Dr Pim Borren and the students on Friday, after several of the students sent letters to him expressing their displeasure at the course being canned and the late notice with regard to the cancellation.
Dr Borren said the course should never have been be scrapped. He said there was a new director of the school of computing, technology and communication and a new head of the arts department, and there was confusion among staff there.
“They got confused between cancelling a class as opposed to a course… Somewhere we all got wires crossed… It was a simple mistake. We have apologised.”