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Tertiary education: keep it public

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, June 9th, 2017 - 24 comments
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Two public meetings are being held next week to shine a light on the government’s Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

It would allow the Minister for Tertiary Education – currently Epsom’s Paul Goldsmith – to take public funds away from universities, polytechs and wānanga and give them to private companies.

It’s another step on the path towards privatising our education system. We’ve seen it in early childhood education already, and don’t forget charter schools and increased funding to private secondary schools.

There’s a very narrow window for Select Committee submissions, apparently in the hope of getting the bill through before the election. But the Tertiary Education Union is working with student activists to spread the word and organise the opposition.

There’s a Palmerston North public meeting on Monday

And an Auckland one on Tuesday

A public tertiary education system benefits all of us. A privatised tertiary education system, subsidised with public money, only benefits its owners.

Sign the Together petition and follow the campaign on Facebook to support public tertiary education in NZ.

24 comments on “Tertiary education: keep it public ”

  1. greywarshark 1

    Done plus two.

  2. tc 2

    The gutting of institutions will continue till the haters and wreckers get turfed from office.

    goldsmith is a nastier version of his mentor, john banks.

  3. Sorrwerdna 3

    “A privatised tertiary education system, subsidised with public money, only benefits its owners”. Bollocks – a very small amount of research will show that private sector students achieve equal if not better course, qualification, retention and progression results when compared alongside the public sector. This is just union inspired dribble.

    • mpledger 3.1

      How the Government Lets For-Profit Colleges Rip Off Students and Taxpayers
      “Why did the federal bureaucrat tell the for-profit college it should try to sell more shampoo? The question sounds like the opening line of a joke, but there’s no punchline here. Instead, the answer is part of the story of how predatory for-profit colleges continue to be rewarded with billions of dollars of federal taxpayer money despite repeated evidence that they provide a low-quality education at inflated prices.”
      http://time.com/money/4308023/how-the-government-lets-for-profit-colleges-rip-off-students-and-taxpayers/

      For-profit colleges have been a disaster in the States. They target poor people via phone solicitation with unrealistic promises who get left with useless qualifications and huge debt … and that’s if they make it to the finish like. And then they close leaving people stranded without qualifications and huge debt.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      a very small amount of research will show that private sector students achieve equal if not better course, qualification, retention and progression results when compared alongside the public sector.

      Then you’ll be able to provide that research won’t you?

      Meanwhile, in the real world:

      It is often assumed that private schools do a better job educating children than public schools, but a new book, “The Public School Advantage,” which is being published this week, shows this isn’t the case. Here’s a piece the authors, Christopher Lubienski, a professor in the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership at the College of Education at University of Illinois, and Sarah Theule Lubienski, professor of mathematics education in the College of Education at the University of Illinois. The Lubienskis looked at two huge datasets of student mathematics performance and found that public school students outperform private school ones, when adjusted for demographics.

      • Sorrwerdna 3.2.1

        Here you go Draco – everything you didn’t want to know about performance
        http://www.tec.govt.nz/funding/funding-and-performance/performance/teo/ptes/

        • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1

          And that tells me absolutely nothing. After all, we need to see the educational achievement against similar public education.

          And when I say educational achievement I’m asking if those courses that are done by PTEs are as good as the ones done by in the public sector. Because the evidence shows that they don’t come close because of the private sector not keeping up with modern educational standards.

          • Sorrwerdna 3.2.1.1.1

            Draco -the website in that link I provided will also access performance for Unis, Wananga’s and Polys.
            “evidence shows that they don’t come close because of the private sector not keeping up with modern educational standards” – do you have this evidence??
            It is the role of NZQA to ensure consistency across all sectors for equivalent qualifications -sure there have been some dubious operators in the past but the industry is now even more heavily regulated to prevent it happening again.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1.1.1

              “evidence shows that they don’t come close because of the private sector not keeping up with modern educational standards” – do you have this evidence??

              Posted in my original link. I really doubt that it would be any different in NZ considering National’s implementation of National Standards and charter schools that showed all indications of being based around 19th century schooling.

              It is the role of NZQA to ensure consistency across all sectors for equivalent qualifications -sure there have been some dubious operators in the past but the industry is now even more heavily regulated to prevent it happening again.

              So it’s costing us even more and charter schools are showing us that those regulations aren’t working too well…

              Oh, wait, charter schools aren’t regulated and, are in fact, specifically removed from the same regulations as state schools. They don’t have to do National Standards nor do they have to have trained teachers.

              Now, why would that be you reckon?

              • Sorrwerdna

                The Charter school model is working extremely well in NZ. I would think that deep down a large number of public sector teachers have an appreciation for them in knowing that they have taken the nuisance students off their hands so they can focus on their better students.
                The benefit of the NZ qualification system for the PTE sector is that it allows achievement of National and NZ Certificates/Diplomas/Degrees in multiple subject areas from Level 1-7 without the need to be a degree trained teacher.

              • Sorrwerdna

                NZQA works on a cost recovery model for all PTE’s

            • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1.1.2

              Draco -the website in that link I provided will also access performance for Unis, Wananga’s and Polys.

              Then you’ll be able to provide the research that shows just how well the education compares.

              Although, I think you’re just going to keep on distracting from the fact that you can’t back up your belief.

              • Sorrwerdna

                I’m not exactly sure what further research you need to compare between the Public & Private sectors -are the performance results not enough?

                • Drowsy M. Kram

                  You assert @ 3.1.1 that ‘this’ couldn’t happen in NZ!

                  Get real – do you work in the NZ tertiary education sector (industry)? NZ’s system of rules, regulations and compliance (you approve?) certainly doesn’t PREVENT greed, corruption and unethical behaviour from flourishing, but it does occasionally detect the tip of a growing iceberg.

                  http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/330899/private-tertiary-institution-closed-after-widespread-plagiarism

                  http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/323018/nzqa-shuts-down-auckland-tertiary-institution

                  • Sorrwerdna

                    Drowsy – Yes I am involved in the tertiary sector. You will find the majority of issues relate to the international education sector or new comers to the industry who lack the experience. You will also be pleased to know that a lot of private providers are owned by non-profit trusts.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  You haven’t provided the performance results nor, especially, the academic comparisons.

                  You’re just insisting the everyone believes your unfounded beliefs despite all the evidence that proves those beliefs wrong.

                  • Sorrwerdna

                    Sorry Draco that you do not appear to be able to extrapolate the performance results from the link I provided. I thought it was extremely straightforward.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      You can’t extrapolate without the data and you simply don’t have the data. What you do have is far too limited to produce any conclusions which means that all your doing is using that limited data to try and prop up your delusional beliefs.

  4. saveNZ 4

    Unfucking believable. Have the Natz got no shame? Just more dumbing down of the population into our low wage economy and stealing public money for private cronies that is the National party’s agenda.

    They have caused every other crisis from housing to pollution, I guess they want to add tertiary education to the crisis list with their carnage.

    • The New Student 4.1

      +1

      Public money for Public services.

      If you’re for-profit then go make some instead of expecting a handout

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