The Government is potentially spending up to $53 million a year on its flagship fees-free policy for students who have either withdrawn from or failed tertiary courses.
The Government is almost doubling a tax on international student fees for private tertiary providers, but has signalled that the tax could be tied to the quality of education in future.
Tertiary students have welcomed the release of He Ara Oranga, the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.
The Government says its fees-free education policy is a sound investment, despite a slight drop in student numbers.
The Government has spent about $236 million putting more than 41,700 students into fees-free tertiary education, but total student numbers have fallen slightly compared to a year ago.
Auckland University of Technology students will have to go another two weeks without some of their final assignment marks, with many in the middle of exams.
A new study uncovering the real cost of tertiary education clearly demonstrates New Zealand's industry training and apprenticeship system is the education sector's hidden gem.
Following the recent appointment of a Commissioner at Whitirieia and WelTec, the tertiary education sector says the Government can’t continue to bail out institutions and should focus on reforming the sector instead.
Half of university scholarships go to students from our wealthiest families, dismaying teachers in disadvantaged areas who see even their brightest students struggle to get a foot in the door.