June 14, 2017
Support for state funding private tertiary providers
A leading Maori Party member says she can see merit in a law change that will give private tertiary education providers access to public funding.
Raewyn Bhana represented the party at at a meeting at Auckland University yesterday on the Tertiary Education and Other Matters Amendment Bill, sharing the stage with Green MP Denise Roche, Labour's Auckland Central candidate Helen White, and representatives of education sector unions.
Unions say the Bill undermines quality public education.
But Ms Bhana says the reality for Maori is the sector isn't working now.
"The productivity commission report said we need more innovation. And so by opening up and putting more regulations it actually could do better. It isn't working for a lot of our people," she says.
Raewyn Bhana says claims the change will open the doors to fraud are over-stated, as you get fraud in any situation.
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