The number of people attending adult community education has fallen by 80% since National’s cuts in 2009. National’s cuts have saved only $24m (vs the $1.1b cost of the ‘fiscally neutral’ tax cuts) but have denied over a quarter of a million people the opportunity to broaden their horizons and acquire new skills.
The number of ACE providers has also decreased by 80% and only half of those left get government funding. The remaining providers are almost all in big cities, and wealthy neighbourhoods. In National’s New Zealand, education is for the elite.
National is leaving a poorer society behind it. Again.