Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 4
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Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 4

by the intention as formally notified to the house jr. speaker Thank You mr. speaker for this opportunity to debate the education teacher education and other matters amendment bill mr. speaker New Zealand has a world-class education system that is something we celebrate and we’re really proud of so given this fact why should we stuff it up by agreeing to what is proposed in this new bill well there are some provisions in this bill before the house that labor may have supported what we have in front of us as proposed continues down the track of developing a privatized model of competition and tertiary education and RTO – or New Zealand and this is the main reason why Labour opposes this bill this bill according to what we read will amend the Education Act of 1989 and I quote it will increase funding flexibility in the tertiary education system and that it will ensure consistent treatment of public and private tuition education providers but Mr Speaker this is simply code for supporting private commercial interests over the rights of New Zealand students to we’re well resourced well-rounded tertiary education by robbing nearly Peter to pay for profit Paul so as I said earlier on this is the main reason why the Labour Party absolutely proposes opposes this bill because it will further privatize tertiary education part 1 of this bill covers the amendment to the principal act as it relates to international students clause 34 amends section 238 I so that the funds of the expiration levy can be used to reimburse students if a private school or a partnership school fails mid course and is unable to reimburse the students this will allow international students to be reimbursed for their fees but they will still be able to continue their studies here in New Zealand and the event that either of these two schools fail however we know mr. speaker because this has been covered very well in the media over the last few months and over the last couple of years that there are a number of fraudulent agents that are currently operating in New Zealand the government needs to step up in this area because students and their families their lives are being ruined and ultimately the tertiary education sector as a whole may pay the price of this fraud and mr. speaker that is New Zealand’s international reputation our reputations for excellence in education that may be irreparably damaged if this current government doesn’t step up and sort this out Mr Speaker we also know that right now there are certain sectors in our society they’re currently using skilled migrant labour and they utilize short term visas including working holidays and student visas to fill the skill gaps that we currently are experiencing right across New Zealand but especially in Auckland but we also know that this current national government is not actually transitioning a lot of our young people thousands of our young people successfully from secondary schools on either to further education in the education sector or in to employment we also know that this current government has not actually addressed the fact that we have over 90,000 of our young people now under the age of 24 who are not in education employment or training and we know that this number has increased from just over 70,000 12 months ago Mr Speaker this is an issue that I would have thought would be strongly addressed in this bill that we should see more of what this current government would be doing to address those who are not in education employment or training and to address the fact that we have so many that we needing to be skilled and in training but we do not see that strongly covered part two of this bill covers and it actually panned us to private providers in education in a number of ways first it proposes that private training establishments PT es should get the same rate of funding as universities polytechnics and whining a but we must ask mr. speaker why should shareholders of those private companies get what is essentially massive corporate subsidy from all of us as taxpayers that public money would be much better invested on New Zealand students and indeed should be so invested at this time when public institutions our staff and our students at those public institutions are under resourced and are enormous ly stressed we know this from recent studies over a thousand of our staff and those institutions have been surveyed and they’ve told us they are enormous ly stressed under a lot of pressure private companies should not be given the same status as those of our independent universities and our polytechnics our public institutions have legal obligations to teach New Zealanders from all backgrounds from all walks of life and from each area in arterial New Zealand they maintain and they protect our academic freedom and they support New Zealand with robust unbiased research by contrast private for-profit providers may not is to make a profit for the shareholders and for their owners mr. speaker according to STATS New Zealand just last year tertiary fees have gone up by more than 43% since national government took office our institutions are not coping with the funding freeze under this national government the enrollments at many of our public institutions continue to decline mr. speaker the recent contestable funding Isis has seen a significant transfer of funding from public institutions to private ones Regional Polytechnic polytechnics and Institutes of Technology mr. speaker they are suffering they are struggling for survival as we speak public institutions should continue to receive a differentiated level of funding because amongst other things their capital investment remain and our public ownership private establishments are under no obligation whatsoever to continue to use their accumulated publicly funded capital for educational purposes public funding for education should go towards education not just towards capital accumulation and profit dividends for shareholders Mr Speaker we have mixed feelings on some of what is proposed by this bill one of the things that we have mixed feelings about as we think that we should have an open debate about whether or not whining I should be able to use the term university we think that we should have an open debate about this but that there is merit about having a debate before whining are allowed to use this term we do know that universities already use the term whining err in the amore translation right now but as we say Mr Speaker we are open to a debate on this mr. speaker as I conclude I would like to acknowledge those in the opposite benches because they have had a really good consultation process in preparation of this bill sadly however significant measures within this bill remains tinkering around the edges by the national government just to toying around with the system and we do not support this bill mr. speaker I’m just going to warn the member about her language I think I think it’s I think we’ll take I’m not going to fall below anything about it but men they should take q mr. spiggott and stir back thank you very much mr. speaker I thought you’re about to to warn the member of having and now the members now now going to sit down and not comment on my ruling he know he knows absolutely that he’s not allowed to and when member sort of gathers himself we can start again Thank You mr. speaker it’s a happen as as I was saying it’s great you’ve got to speak on the first reading of the education turn

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