Northtec the first to announce Level 2 funding cuts

Posted By TEU on Nov 10, 2016 |

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 39

Northtec is one of many polytechnics about to receive confirmation from the Tertiary Education Commission that it will lose a large amount of Level 2 funding next year.

The polytechnic wrote to all its staff yesterday, warning them that this would mean the need to halve its Level 2 delivery next year, and that other directorate support service areas will also need reductions in staffing.

TEU organiser Chan Dixon, says Level 2 courses are crucial for young people coming out of school with few or no qualifications.

“The government’s competitive funding experiment is removing education opportunities from young people who want and need an education.”

“These government funding cuts are an attack on public education, on local and regional communities, and on young and second-chance learners who need an education,” says Dixon.

Northtec managers say they will release a consultation document that will identify areas that the commission will not fund next year.

TEU expects that NorthTec will not be alone in suffering cuts to its funding. There are reports that the commission will cut a large amount of funding from Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic Level 2 sector delivery across the country.

“This will be a difficult time, as it will inevitably result in the reduction of a number of roles in the period before Christmas and into early next year.  This will also affect families and whanau,” wrote Northtec acting chief executive Mark Ewan to people working at Northtec.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. New Waikato cuts add to tough times for humanities
  2. Labour’s flawed Future of Work plan
  3. NMIT members call for end to arms expo
  4. Michael Armstrong battles for art in provincial Canterbury
  5. Auckland’s professional staff struggle for pay rises
  6. MPs pay rise sets tone for tertiary negotiations

Other news

Taxpayers have paid more than $11 million to six failed private training schools, all of which broke NZQA rules and then cancelled their registrations – Newshub

Auckland University is raising the number of law school enrolments for the first time in a decade though many of its own staff are against the plan – Radio New Zealand

The new Household Living-Cost Price Indexes show that since June 2008, households with the lowest expenditure per person faced price rises at twice the rate of the highest expenditure households – 18.2 percent compared to 9.1 percent – CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg

Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce has today announced $183 million in funding for work-based training in 2017, as the Government announces a new target to have 50,000 people to be training in apprenticeships by 2020 – Steven Joyce

An Australian report on government advertising has found that the Coalition government’s $10 million advertising campaign to promote its higher education deregulation policy in 2015 was misleading – NTEU

Thanks to Florian Bugiel at Flickr for the photo 

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