Education cuts at Waikato University

Posted By TEU on Jun 2, 2016 | 3 comments

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 19

The University of Waikato is beset with reviews and proposed job cuts, the biggest of which is in its Faculty of Education

The faculty’s dean wants to cut the equivalent of more than 22 full-time jobs, while introducing only six full-time equivalent jobs in their place.

The university’s proposed job cuts will affect people working and studying in all departments across the education faculty.

TEU branch co-president Annie Barker says education is crucially important to the people of Hamilton and the Waikato, and these cuts will undermine future teachers in their schools and early childhood centres.

“We want our children to have teachers who learned from experts in science, maths, technology, arts, drama, music, and literacy. But experts in all these areas will lose their jobs.”

Barker says the job cuts will also remove senior lecturers that specialise in disabilities and inclusion, people with expertise teaching sport and leisure, early childhood experts and many technical and administrative support staff who help make university students’ learning easier and more effective.

Barker says the university wants to increase its staff: student ratios to a minimum of 1:25.

“It’s ironic that a faculty of education that knows the value of teachers having small enough classes to enable them to interact meaningfully with their students would come up with a goal to increase class sizes.”

Earlier this week TEU’s local branch gave the university a detailed submission opposing the cuts to the Faculty of Education. The branch is now working with union members to stop the faculty cuts going ahead, along with cuts to other areas in the university, including the Pathways foundation programme, telephonists, and the engineering workshop.

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  2. Scant Budget leaves struggling institutions behind
  3. TEU chasing down lost holiday pay
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