FROM PARLIAMENT

COMMENT:

Last week the Government's polytechnic reforms were introduced into Parliament to start the reform process.

The Auditor-General has stated the reforms will be the biggest upheaval of public entities (16 polytechnics and 11 industry training organisations) in the past 30 years.

It seems to me the reforms are mainly all about the 16 polytechnics. It is true that 150,000 industry learners such as trade apprentices in carpentry, plumbing and electrical services are also involved, but this is mostly a by-product of needing to fix polytechnics.

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Some polytechnics are high performing, including SIT (Invercargill), Ara (Christchurch), Otago (Dunedin), NMIT (Nelson),

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