Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 40
TEU organiser Shaun Scott has been working with many TEU Dunedin members in their spare time to put up billboards and placards supporting MMP.
“Tertiary education people are a diverse bunch, and we understand the need for a voting system that reflects that diversity,” said Scott.
“In tertiary institution cities like Dunedin it’s important everyone gets an equal say in who represents us because there are so many voices who have important things to say that would not otherwise be heard.”
“MMP is the fairest voting system because it gives everybody an equal voice. But, more than that, by voting for MMP we get a chance to independently review it and improve it. But a vote to get rid of MMP would lose that chance to make a good system even better.”
TEU members around the whole country can show their support for MMP by delivering leaflets, hosting a sign, writing letters or a multitude of other small volunteer tasks over the next four weeks. They just need to contact the Keep MMP campaign, which TEU is actively supporting.
Also in Tertiary Update this week:
- Student-staff ratios a dividing issue for political parties
- TEU supports equitable access to education
- Treasury wrings a few more drops
Student numbers at the University of Otago have dropped for the first time in five years, partly because of an introduced enrolment limitation system for all the university’s undergraduate degrees –Otago Daily Times
The University of Wales, the second-largest university in Britain, with a 120-year history has been abolished following a visa scandal. The move follows allegations it failed to carry out proper checks on foreign colleges accredited by the university to award its degrees. An investigation revealed last week that overseas students at Rayat London College, in Hounslow, were sold diploma exam answers in advance of taking the test – The Telegraph
Treasury forecasts of lower medium term growth in GDP, and unemployment staying higher for longer, show that government has failed to achieve its own economic objectives, let alone improve the position of wage and salary earners – CTU economist Bill Rosenberg
A law professor at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, Abdul Aziz Bari, was suspended from work for giving his legal opinion on the power of the Sultan. Rosli H Mahat, the general secretary of the Malaysian Academic Movement (MOVE) calls the suspension a clear breach of academic freedom – MOVE
The education minister has refused to weigh in on proposed changes to teacher training at Massey University. While Anne Tolley was in Palmerston North this week, she did not want to comment on a Massey proposal to drop its three- and four-year teacher-training course. Massey would not have made the proposal without “good reason” she said – Manawatu Standard
The board of the Industry Training Federation (ITF) has appointed Mark Oldershaw as its new Chief Executive. He replaces Jeremy Baker who left the Federation last month to head Learning State, the Industry Training Organisation for the public sector – ITF
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