New funding model needed

Posted By TEU on Apr 12, 2019 | 0 comments


Tertiary Update – Vol 23 No 5

With the consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education now
closed, the Government will be considering submissions made by Te Hautū
Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) and over 1500 others.

The TEU submission focuses on ensuring students get access to expert
teachers and industry practitioners. But warns that the best laid plans for
the future will not succeed unless the government steps up with transition
funding for the beleaguered polytechnic sector.

Thousands of TEU members have been involved in meetings on campuses,
completed online surveys, and participated in submission writing to inform
the TEU’s contributions to the vocational education conversation.

TEU National President Michael Gilchrist says “What these conversations
have shown is tertiary education institutions can’t focus properly on
learning outcomes when they fear losing funding for students because those
students get jobs part way through their studies. They are penalised for
success. That’s why we’re supporting the single funding model for those
training on campuses and in-work.”

The TEU is also calling for the Minister of Education to reveal how he will
review the entire tertiary education funding model.

TEU National Secretary, Sharn Riggs, says removing competition between the
existing tertiary education providers and putting in place a platform for
closer collaboration on core functions – from curriculum design to student
management systems – will benefit students and industry. And it can be done
in a way that supports good jobs in all the communities served by existing
polytechnics.

However consolidation alone is not going to save the sector. Persistent
underfunding of tertiary education has run down our institutions and the
staff.

“You can’t teach at the cutting edge of industry if you don’t have the
machinery and technology to do it. You can’t innovate when every minute of
the day is filled covering classes because there aren’t enough tutors”,
says Riggs.


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Also in the Tertiary Update this week:

1. Staff shocked at the depth of the financial and planning issues at
Whitireia and Weltec

2. The domestic violence – victims’protection act 2018

3. New minimum wage and living wage for 2019

4. State of the tertiary education sector survey

 

Other news

Sex assaults part of university ‘entitlement’ culture – Stuff

Reform of vocational education consultation ends – TEC

Union rallies shut down central Melbourne demanding industrial law changes – ABC

The battle of accounting vs academia at Auckland University – Metro

With power comes responsibility – TEU

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