Education Minister Chris Hipkins has agreed to one of the Tertiary Education Union’s key demands for the reform of vocational education.
Responding to a question in Parliament, the Minister said he was committed to ensuring that back-office functions in a reformed vocational education system are kept out of Wellington and in the regions.
From the very beginning the TEU has said that if there is any consolidation of the sector that there must be mix of decent jobs to support the tertiary education sector in all regions. It was one of the key demands of the TEU’s recent report Changing Lives.
Further commitments are needed though, namely that jobs that support Māori students are not cut – without exception.