INDEPENDENT NEWS

Radical recommendations no roadmap for tertiary education

Published: Tue 21 Mar 2017 11:53 AM
21 March 2017
Radical recommendations no roadmap for tertiary education
The Green Party says the Productivity Commission’s tertiary education recommendations would be a radical ideological experiment with a whole generation of students.
The Commission’s report, released today, proposes bringing back interest on student loans and more deregulation of tertiary education.
“We simply don’t think the future is that bad for tertiary education," said Green Party tertiary spokesperson Gareth Hughes.
“Despite the lowest per-student funding in the OECD, all our universities are highly ranked internationally and have high quality teaching and research.
“We welcome the proposal for a higher repayment threshold for student loans and a progressive repayment schedule, which are core values of Green Party policy.
“National needs to rule out the more extreme recommendations in this report, including the proposals to remove the fee maxima.
“What Kiwi students need is proper funding, quality assurance and a clear focus on helping them make good, informed choices about their tertiary education.
“Some aspects of the report are worthwhile - for example, improving outcomes for Maori and Pasifika students, and more work on career education and the pathway from schools to tertiary education.
“It’s also clear that the Performance Based Research Fund doesn’t incentivise investment in teaching and contributes to a ‘one size fits all’ approach for academics.
“Universities are run for the public benefit, and they need to be given proper funding, oversight and quality assurance to make sure that they are delivering good results for all learners”, said Mr Hughes.
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Threat of staff exodus looming in mental health & addictions
By: Platform Trust
New Zealand set to blow its carbon budget by 27%
By: Forest And Bird
Cathedral Working Group report released
By: New Zealand Government
Decision halt collection of client data welcomed
By: Comvoices
New Zealand's embarrassing Blasphemy Law here to stay
By: Humanist Party
Care & support workers’ pay equity bill passes 1st reading
By: New Zealand Government
Greenhouse gas emissions decline
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand far off track on climate change
By: Green Party
Budget fails to plan for forest future
By: NZ Forest Owners Association
Budget ‘fail’ on local climate change solutions
By: Forest Industry Contractors Association
Vector and Auckland Council partner to light Harbour Bridge
By: Joint Press Release
Students Occupy University Clocktower
By: Fossil Free Auckland
Native forests absorbing more carbon dioxide
By: NIWA
Prime Minister Unable to Justify Carbon Tax
By: New Zealand First Party
Scope of multi-use arena study released
By: New Zealand Government
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media