Bill to remove staff voice now open for submissions

Posted By TEU on Mar 20, 2014 | 3 comments

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 6

A bill that would strip staff and students of their elected seats on university and wānanga councils entered parliament last week and passed its first reading. Parliament sent the Bill on to a select committee where the public will get to make submissions on it.

Education minister Hekia Parata introduced the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) to parliament but the tertiary education minister Steven Joyce took responsibility for the proposed changes to university and wānanga councils.

The parliamentary debate was superficial and involved significant name calling from politicians involved.

The public have until 30 April to make submission on the Bill (which they can do online) and the select committee intends to report back to parliament after it has considered all the submissions on 21 July. From then parliament will have just four weeks to consider the Bill a second and third time before it closes down on 14 August for the election.

NZUSA student president Daniel Haines says having too many ministerial appointments is extremely dangerous.

“Eighty-six percent of his appointments have been CEOs, company directors, accountants or commercial lawyers, none have had a background in higher education.”

Steven Joyce has appointed just one Māori out of his thirty appointments to university councils, according to Daniel Haines.

“Further, the minister has appointed no Pasifika, despite the fact that the institutions are making only very slow progress in Māori and Pasifika achievement. Ignoring his own stated concerns about institutions focusing more on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (‘STEM’ subjects), he has only appointed one person with such a background.”

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Minister does not pick women
  2. Bill to cut workrights a step closer to law
  3. Admin staff at Auckland Uni buckle down for review
  4. UCOL staff stop work to consider next action
  5. Hui-ā-motu defends Ngā Pae

Other news

TEU branch president at Whitireia Polytechnic George Tongariro shaved his head yesterday afternoon to raise money for cancer and leukaemia research. Make a small donation and help him reach his fundraising goal.

Union members at Lincoln are petitioning their vice-chancellor not to contract out the university’s cleaners – TEU Lincoln

UCOL certificate in science and health lecturer Kathleen Bailey spent 26 years as a secondary school teacher before moving into tertiary level teaching. She took an $8000 pay cut from her earlier position as a science teacher at Palmerston North Girls’ High School, which she left in 2006, to running bridging courses for second-chance learners at UCOL – Manawatu Standard

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