Another view on the Teacher’s Strike

Ele Ludemann has a post on the teacher’s strike. I spent a year at Teachers’ College during which the most important lesson I learned was that I would be a bad teacher. I also learned to appreciate and value good teachers. I agree they deserve to be paid more but the country can’t afford what they’re… Continue reading Another view on the Teacher’s Strike

It’s not easy receiving hundreds of dollars worth of interest free loans

The students* are upset. Students are concerned about proposed changes to the student loan scheme, including a $50 administration fee. David Do from the New Zealand Union of Student’s Association told TVNZ’s Breakfast programme the idea of a fee is not going to make it easier for the “hundreds of thousands of us who have… Continue reading It’s not easy receiving hundreds of dollars worth of interest free loans

Adult Education Still in Demand

Worth pointing out this article, which seems to have been missed by the blogosphere. Demand for Adult and Community Education (ACE) courses in Dunedin is so high this year, the closing date for applications has been extended. Logan Park High School ACE co-ordinator Soo Graham was surprised at the popularity of the courses, given the… Continue reading Adult Education Still in Demand

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Proving the need for VSM

DPF links to some videos of a student meeting held in Wellington where some students decided to show up and demand their association support compulsory membership. The association insiders try to shut it down by breaking rules announcing lack of quorum in a packed room (wait till the camera turns around – it’s absurd) ignoring… Continue reading Proving the need for VSM

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The Evil Plan to Eliminate polytechs via more responsive councils

I’d love to say that these students were too crazy to get into university, but sadly I’ve met too many university students! About 20 students raised placards and chanted slogans on Palmerston North’s Princess St for two hours yesterday, as passing cars tooted.”What do we want? Kill the bill! When do we want it? Now!”… Continue reading The Evil Plan to Eliminate polytechs via more responsive councils

“Hungry Students” – OUSA foodbank runs out

Hungry students – oh the heart bleeds. A more than fourfold increase in the number of students using the Otago University Students Association foodbank has stripped its budget and left organisers desperate for donations.Student advocate Tania Cumming and student support centre administrator Jessica Myers said 173 students had used the foodbank so far this year,… Continue reading “Hungry Students” – OUSA foodbank runs out

Can’t Fire ’em

It would be interesting to know if it’s as hard to fire teachers here as it is in Canada.

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Plagiarism at University

Saw this report the other day. Cultural differences mean some Chinese students are unwittingly cheating at university, the head of the Christchurch International College says. The Press has obtained figures on academic misconduct at Canterbury, Otago, Victoria and Auckland universities. Cultural differences? Hm, would that be the cultural difference of ignoring multiple, serious warnings? Because… Continue reading Plagiarism at University

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It must be to attack the poor!

Why would schools want to exclude people living in their area? A group of “elite” state secondary schools are asking the government to vary their zoning regulations to allow them to admit the children of past pupils, regardless of where they live. They’re spinning this as “maintaining tradition”, but there is one reason and one… Continue reading It must be to attack the poor!

Sue Spitting over Schools

Sue Bradford was spitting yesterday morning over a new report that states that the regulations for private schools are about 90 years old. It seems that no one thought at the time to include provision to make sure that MPs of minor parties can force their hobbyhorse agendas onto private schools. “I was horrified when… Continue reading Sue Spitting over Schools

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