The number of Chinese students enrolling in New Zealand schools have plunged by more than 1000 this year, amid record numbers of last-minute cancellations.
Some polytechnics are flying high; others are dead weight. Can a plan to bring them together fix the sector’s woes?
This week, the government proposed a major shakeup of New Zealand’s polytechnics and industry training organisations (ITOs). Associate professor at MAINZ Dr John Bassett weighs up both the pros and cons of this controversial move.
The government’s plan for a monster merger of all 16 polytechnics and institutes of technology has taken everyone by surprise, but some might say they had it coming.
It was a community triumph. In 2000 the Southern Institute of Technology student numbers were 1100 and declining. Chief executive Penny Simmonds said the situation was dire. SIT needed a point of difference and they found it through a united Southland front and the zero fees scheme.
A proposed overhaul to polytechnics could see big changes to the top of the south education sector, including job cuts.
A West Auckland school principal has opened her own home to two new staff as teachers recruited from overseas struggle to find housing in Auckland’s squeezed housing market.
Waikato University Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says the university will shift to a trimester academic year in 2020.
Plans for a $206 million research facility at Lincoln University have been scrapped. And Selwyn MP Amy Adams has laid the blame for the failure at the feet of the Education Minister Chris Hipkins, saying the lack of support from the Government was a “slap in the face”.
On Monday, Audit New Zealand released its bombshell report into spending at Wintec on overseas trips, gifts and redundancy and severance payouts. The 27-page report found Wintec was unable to provide an account of how it spent public money.
Europe is looking to force Google, Facebook and others to share revenue with artists, journalists and other creators and build copyright “upload filters”, in the EU’s biggest overhaul of copyright law in decades.
For New Zealand to thrive as a nation we need an education and training system that provides our workforce with the skills that our businesses and industries are looking for.
We all agree we need more skilled workers. How we train them is up for debate.
The shakeup of our polytechnics is long overdue. It is ludicrous to have a bums-on-seats model for funding. And in this day and age, when the world is moving faster than ever before, we can’t have crusty old lecturers standing in front of a whiteboard, training the workers of tomorrow.
If we are to live in this country we should be taught about the events that helped form the New Zealand we live in today.
Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association: The Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association (TIASA) which represent non-teaching – (allied/professional) – staff throughout the NZ tertiary education sector, says the reform of vocational education proposals released by Education Minister Chris Hipkins are the biggest changes since the 30 year old ‘Learning for Life’ tertiary education changes that created the current system.
Quality Public Education Coalition: QPEC welcomes the Minister’s refreshing approach to Vocational Education, including the proposal for a new funding model for the sector that removes competition among institutes. We look forward to much enhanced certainty, stability, and equity for the polytechnics.
NZEI Te Riu Roa: The Minister of Education’s bold proposal for reform in the polytechnic sector announced on Wednesday could have a positive impact on those early childhood teachers who access their training through polytechnics by reducing unnecessary competition and improving teaching, says NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart.