Education institute hits back at claims the sector is in crisis

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Section
Education,
Publish Date
Saturday, 3 March 2018, 5:45PM
Chris Hipkins says wider changes are going to be made in the education sector. (Photo/ NZ Herald)
Chris Hipkins says wider changes are going to be made in the education sector. (Photo/ NZ Herald)

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".

They are 14 percent ahead in enrolment applications over the same time last year.

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

His comments came after the government revealed 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.

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