David Clendon

Time running out to save uni councils

by David Clendon

There’s only a week left to have your say on the Government’s changes to university and wānanga councils.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has put forward dramatic changes to the way uni and wānanga councils are made up – removing the student, staff and community reps, cutting the total number of members, and, as a result, increasing the proportion of Ministerial-appointed members.

This is a clear power play from Steven Joyce. University governance and management bodies, staff, and students are all opposed to the changes, and for very good reasons. Even yesterday’s editorial in the NZ Herald called Joyce ‘unfair’ for forcing these changes through.

In the face of such opposition, I’m hopeful that we might be able to force some sort of back down from the Minister. Add your voice to this opposition by submitting now.

The changes are part of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) which is currently before the Education & Science select committee. Public submissions are open until Wednesday 30 April.

Published in Society & Culture by David Clendon on Wed, April 23rd, 2014   

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