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'Completely failed': ACT's Dr Parmjeet Parmar slams fees-free scheme following TEC findings

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Feb 2024, 5:50PM
Dr Parmjeet Parmar.
Dr Parmjeet Parmar.

'Completely failed': ACT's Dr Parmjeet Parmar slams fees-free scheme following TEC findings

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Feb 2024, 5:50PM

ACT's Tertiary Education and Skills spokesperson says the last Government's first-year fees-free university policy failed by every measure.

The Tertiary Education Commission has acknowledged there's no discernible evidence it changed the distribution of low-decile school students going to university.

It was one of the policy's key goals.

But Parmjeet Parmar says it didn't improve other issues.

"It has failed to increase enrolment overall as well, and it has also not changed the completion rate- which sits at 67 percent. Which, in my view, is quite embarrassing." 

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