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