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Reaction to the draft tertiary report

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/09/2016


"The report places far too much emphasis on the private and personal value of education, and not enough emphasis on the value higher levels of education provide to society and the economy." - Labour's education spokesman Chris Hipkins

"All politicians should take the Productivity Commission's call to reintroduce interest on student loans seriously instead of running for the hills at the first hint of a policy debate - it's called leadership." - ACT leader David Seymour

"This inquiry is of critical importance as it could inform the design - and success - of New Zealand's tertiary education system." - Universities New Zealand's executive director Chris Whelan

"(It is) a useful contribution to help with thinking about ways tertiary education can deliver skills to ensure business and the communities they operate in can grow and remain vibrant in the future." - BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope

"NZUSA is opposed to the addition of interest on student loans... there are some good elements in this document but others are deeply concerning." - NZ Union of Students Associations.

"(It) contains useful analysis but it misses an opportunity to reject the policies that create problems, choosing instead to exacerbate and adapt them." - Tertiary Education Union national president Sandra Grey.

"The recommendation to reintroduce interest on student loans will increase the costs for students enrolled in tertiary education and will not improve equity or access to learning." - CTU secretary Sam Huggard.

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