June 26, 2018
Diversity equals success for tertiary scheme
The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations says getting more Māori into tertiary education should be one measure of the Government's free fees policy.
Universities are writing off the policy as a failure because there was only a 0.3 percent increase in tertiary enrolments this year.
But NZUSA president Jonathan Gee says it's still too early what the effect will be of making the first year of tertiary education and training free.
He says the policy is ultimately about making education accessible for all, so success needs to be also measured by increased diversity, such as having more students who are Māori, Pasifika, older, have disabilities, or are the first in their family to engage in tertiary study.
Less student debt will mean graduates will be better equipped to get on with their lives quicker including buying a home, having kids and saving for their retirement.
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