News | Education
22 Mar 2018 22:52
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Education

    Not all polytechnics in crisis: Otago CEO

    Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker has hit back at claims the entire polytechnic sector is in crisis, saying his institute is popular and profitable.

    One of New Zealand's polytechnic education institutes has hit back at claims the entire sector is in crisis.

    Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker says far from being in crisis, his institute is performing "exceptionally well on all indicators".

    "Our 2018 enrolments are strong. We are 14 per cent ahead in applications than the same time last year," he said.

    He said his polytechnic led the institutes of technology and polytechnics sector in course and qualification completions and had posted nine consecutive years of financial surpluses.

    His comments came after the government revealed last week it was giving the West Coast's struggling Tai Poutini Polytechnic a $33-million bailout.

    However, Education Minister Chris Hipkins also said a business case for Tai Poutini's recovery would be delayed, while wider changes were made in the education sector.

    He said Tai Poutini was one of 16 polytechnics suffering from alarming drops in student numbers, and the sector's financial losses were unsustainable.

    "It is critical we address these challenges across the whole network, rather than just one organisation at a time," Mr Hipkins said.

    Mr Ker took umbrage at Mr Hipkins wording, saying there had "been a lack of acknowledgement that some parts of our sector ... have been performing extremely well", he said.

    "It is highly regrettable if (the) government is being advised that all polytechnics are in the same boat as this is not true."

    However, Mr Ker welcomed Mr Hipkins' announcement he would scrap the previous National-government's process of competitive funding for some areas of tertiary education funding.

    Mr Hipkins said the model forced tertiary education providers to bid against each other.

    "From 2019, the up to $135m of funding will return to being on the basis of student enrolments," he said last Thursday.

    "It removes uncertainty and will enable providers to properly plan."


    © 2018 NZN, NZCity

     Other Education News
     22 Mar: 'School in a box' alternative classrooms help kids in Tonga resume studies after Cyclone Gita
     20 Mar: Councils dragged into CHH school case
     20 Mar: Teen girl assaulted on school grounds
     19 Mar: With a concealed gun in class, why a teacher believes he can stop a school massacre
     15 Mar: In pictures: US students stage national walkout demanding change
     15 Mar: US students walk out of schools in protest against gun violence
     15 Mar: Maori students face `heartbreaking' issues
     Top Stories

    Rebels to hit back in Super Rugby: coach More...

    NZ dollar gains against Australian dollar More...

     Today's News

    Opposition push for new inquiry into Victorian Labor election staff scandal 21:55

    Rugby League:
    I have nothing to hide: NRL boss Greenberg 21:55

    Zac Efron says veganism changed his life 21:45

    Demi Lovato had suicidal thoughts when she was just seven 21:15

    McLaughlin, Whincup top Supercars at GP 21:15

    Sir Ringo Starr has been awarded a knighthood 20:45

    Kylie Minogue is planning a huge 50th birthday celebration 20:15

    Lena Dunham is planning to return to full health before starting a family 19:45

    Chester Bennington's widow has launched her new mental health campaign on the birthday of her late husband 19:15

    We need to muscle up in NBL finals: United 18:55

     News Search

    Power Search

    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd