TEU will use its conference in just over a week’s time to ‘speak up for education’. We have adopted the ‘speak up for education’ theme and goals of our sister union NZEI Te Riu Roa” says TEU national president Sandra Grey. “High quality public education at all levels is obviously a crucial issue with the general election so close. However, we also believe that it is our job to speak up for public education beyond the election. If we, the people who provide New Zealand’s high quality public education, don’t speak up for it then who else will?”
TEU members will be joining other education colleagues and students in a large public rally on the Monday evening in support of education.
“We see ourselves as part of a wider education community that stretches from early childhood right through to lifelong learning for adults,” said Dr Grey. “We’ve been working closely with tertiary students all year to speak up for education and we are keen to work more closely with other teachers and learners too.”
Policy remits at the conference will focus on the funding of public tertiary education. One such remit notes that TEU is committed to publicly funded and publicly owned tertiary education in New Zealand. “A high quality accessible public tertiary education system gives all citizens the opportunity to participate in higher education and contributes to strong communities and a strong economy.”
Guest speakers David Robinson from the Canadian Association of University Teachers and the Australian National Tertiary Education Union’s Matt McGowan will be providing an international perspective on public education.