The Government’s science policy has again been slammed as inadequate and lacking any strategic direction, says Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson, David Cunliffe.
“University of Waikato Professor of Agribusiness Jacqueline Rowarth has today criticised Steven Joyce as Minister, highlighting the frustration with the government’s short-term approach to an essential public good.
Moves by the Government for tertiary institutes to reveal where graduates end up working and what they earn is a step in the right direction, but comes with fish hooks, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
From 2017 universities, wānanga and polytechnics will be required to publish information about the employment status and earnings of graduates.
Greymouth’s Tai Poutini tertiary education provider has been accused of putting lives at risk, rorting course credits and inflating course numbers with ‘ghost students’, but Steven Joyce refuses to investigate, Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“The Search and Rescue Institute of New Zealand (SARINZ) has made damaging accusations against Tai Poutini, specifically its Advanced Rope search and rescue course.
Steven Joyce’s refusal to reveal details of other tertiary institutions being investigated in the wake of the Taratahi debacle is unacceptable, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe.
“Damning inquiries into Taratahi, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and the Western Institute of Technology are already in the public arena.
The Government’s ICT graduate schools announced today will only train a tiny fraction of the workers the sector is crying out for, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“The industry estimates it has a shortage of 10,000 skilled workers, with some putting the shortfall as high as 15,000. The Auckland and Christchurch graduate schools announced by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today will only train 350 a year at most.
Bay of Plenty and Waiariki polytechs are the latest victims of National’s chronic underfunding of regional polytechs, after they announced today they are being forced to merge, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe.
“Since 2010, the Government has made $60 million of real cuts to the budget for regional polytechs. As a result, there are more mergers like this one as polytechs in the regions struggle to do more with less.
The $260 million Venture Investment Fund is failing New Zealand’s start-ups and needs to be reviewed so that it meets the needs of growing businesses, Labour’s Innovation and Science spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“The Government’s plan to roll over VIF funding but transfer $12 million from the Seed Capital Investment Fund is recognition this funding isn’t working for start-ups.