The Tertiary Education Union | Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) is a democratic organisation, and it’s important that our members participate in both our own TEU elections, and the country’s General Election. It’s also important that TEU represents and acts as a voice for the interests of our 10,000 strong membership.
As the world continues to grapple with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the End of Life Choice and cannabis referendums, voters have plenty to consider at this years General Election.
The collective research, knowledge and expertise of tertiary education staff, students and graduates has informed Aotearoa’s frontline response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This expertise and skill has served the country well in terms of our ability to get back to work, to study and research in tertiary institutions, and to increase social interaction.
Staff in the tertiary education sector will also be at the frontline in Aotearoa New Zealand’s social and economic recovery over the coming years.
We are at the frontline of the recovery because we provide pathways that inspire people to train, gain new skills and knowledge, and reconnect into employment and social activity. Tertiary education staff will train the builders, nurses, social workers, scientists, mechanics, and many other workers who will be crucial to the country’s wellbeing in a post-Covid world.
The importance of the role of tertiary education must be firmly acknowledged by political parties in this General Election.
In the coming weeks, TEU will be asking the top five political parties to clearly state their position on two areas we feel are crucial to ensuring our tertiary education sector can continue delivering quality public tertiary education for the good of all New Zealanders, and in support of Aotearoa New Zealand’s social and economic recovery from Covid-19.
TEU is asking that political parties pledge to support accessible and inclusive quality public tertiary education by pledging for a new funding model to be in place by 2022, increasing funding, and removing unnecessary auditing measures from the sector.
TEU is also asking that political parties pledge increased funding in support of paying the Living Wage to all tertiary education staff as the minimum rate, and to address inequality in the tertiary education sector by requiring all investment plans to include equity implementation plans for Māori, women, and Pasifika staff and learners.
Watch out for the election pledge being put to parties and talk to your local candidates about whether they will champion the importance of tertiary education, and actions to improve the wellbeing of learners and staff, if they get elected on September 19.
Also in this update:
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New funding system needed to address decline ininternational students – RNZ
Education sector says fund won't cover much - RNZ
Māori and Pasifika 'severely under-represented' at sciencefaculties, study finds - Stuff
Massey University sleep research centre facing changes - RNZ
Fears research into exhausted health staff could be stymied- RNZ