Five high risk tertiary institutions are just the tip of the iceberg that is threatening the sector, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
"After a real funding cut in Budget 2015, a massive transfer of resources from the public to private tertiary sector, and weak monitoring and oversight systems, National has no-one to blame but itself.
A major private tertiary education group now being investigated for providing false data to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) shows the sector is in freefall, says Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David Cunliffe.
“Quantum Education Group QT Limited, a subsidiary of NZX listed Itueri, had qualification completion rates of 100% from 2012-2014 and 1758 enrolled students across that period. Now it turns out that more than half of those students dropped out and failed to complete a qualification.
Steven Joyce has admitted in Parliament he knew about the problems around Agribusiness Training Limited back in January, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe.
“The crisis around the training provider was broken in the media late on a Friday afternoon after parliament had risen several weeks ago. However the Tertiary Education Commission made a comprehensive report to the Government on May 19.
The Government’s decision to loosen funding criteria for tertiary providers shows that their priorities are all wrong, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“The new model would allow rapid inflation of student numbers and funding without approval from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). It comes on the back of a series of rorts uncovered across the tertiary sector that went undetected for years.
"Cynically dumping news of the liquidation of rort-ridden Agribusiness Training Ltd (ABT) over a long weekend can't hide the fact that the tertiary sector is in a compliance crisis", Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
ABT has gone into liquidation with a $6 million-plus bill to pay back funds improperly received from the taxpayer following an investigation by the Tertiary Education Commission and Deloitte. The future of students enrolled at the Southland based organisation remains unclear.
After seven years in office and a year of consultation, today’s Statement of Science Investment (NSSI) was not worth the wait, Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe said today.
"Even as far out as 2025, the targeted total science investment of 1.8 per cent does not even reach today's OECD average and falls well short of smart small countries who invest 3 to 4 per cent of their GDP.
Tomorrow is the Government’s last chance to avert disaster in our science and research sector with its National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“Since Steven Joyce released the draft NSSI in May last year, he has gone on a spree of mergers and cuts that have rocked universities and research institutes to the core.
A new report released this morning confirms that the Government is underfunding research, Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“The analysis by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research examined how public funding affects research output. It has found that New Zealand spends less on research than three-quarters of the OECD countries.
A dramatic slip in rankings for three New Zealand universities in The Times Higher Education report released today is a legacy of the Government’s underfunding of tertiary education, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“Three of our oldest universities have gone backwards in these rankings, with Victoria University dropping by at least 50 places and the University of Canterbury and University of Waikato both dropping more than a hundred places.
Steven Joyce's proposal to implement league tables for tertiary institutions takes a backward looking, short term view that could do more harm than good, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“The proposal, to publish data matched to Statistics and IRD showing graduate employment and salaries by subject and institution, has been widely panned by the sector.