Signed-up student not told course cut

Solo mother Nikkita Burgess-Moyle, holding her 17-month-old daughter Poppy, is disappointed with her treatment by Aoraki Polytechnic after it failed to tell her a course she had enrolled in had been cancelled. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Solo mother Nikkita Burgess-Moyle, holding her 17-month-old daughter Poppy, is disappointed with her treatment by Aoraki Polytechnic after it failed to tell her a course she had enrolled in had been cancelled. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A Dunedin solo mother is disappointed after Aoraki Polytechnic cut a course she was signed up to start next week, but neglected to inform her.

Nikkita Burgess-Moyle (24) had enrolled to start studying towards a certificate in media communication next week and had already bought course materials, only to learn yesterday it was one of two courses being cut at the polytechnic's Dunedin campus.

The financially struggling polytechnic's decision to cut the two courses has also come in for criticism from the Tertiary Education Union (TEU).

The TEU questioned the timing of the decision, which was likely to result in the loss of two jobs, and called it short-sighted. Ms Burgess-Moyle said she signed up for the course about three weeks ago.

She had called the polytechnic three times since then to check her timetable, so she could arrange daycare for her daughter.

''The third time I rang was [yesterday] morning and I asked her what the course hours were, because I had my letter of acceptance, and she said, 'Have you not been contacted by anyone, because the course has been cancelled?'''

''That was the first time I heard.''

She was ''disappointed'' she had not been told earlier and would now have to ''rethink what I am going to do''.

''I think it has been poorly organised. I do understand that they are a big organisation, but I would have thought students would have been important to them.''

It was also frustrating to have spent about $75 on a textbook for the course, which had come out of an already stretched budget.

TEU southern region organiser Kris Smith said the decision to cut both the certificate in media communication and the diploma in television production communications would likely result in the loss of two jobs from the Dunedin campus.

She questioned the merit of the decision to cut the courses and the timing, given it was so close to when they started.

This was typical of a lack of ''effective leadership'', which had been evident throughout recent restructuring at the polytechnic, Ms Smith said.

There had also been poor communication over the cuts as the certificate in media communication had been advertised in the Otago Daily Times as an option after it had already been cancelled, she said.

Aoraki Polytechnic chief executive Alex Cabrera said the courses were cut because of ''low student demand''.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

Tech ways

What? You can't go because of H & S. Has Poly dropped its inclusive and enabling practice? We were taught thus: Change the Environment, don't disadvantage the Person.

:(

so not on, just like otago polytechnic have un enrolled me because of my condition being health and saftey issue. After knowing what I had and me going and buying all my books and uniform etc.........  

what's world coming to................... 

Poorly organized

That is for sure.

I was keen to do the arts course but I got someone from the art dept who was supposedly an advisor who had no clue about the course.  Could not inform me what each unit was about.

Shambles because even though it is tertiary education they run it like a kindagarten.   

Refund

The student is enrolled in a non existent course, so course fees/related costs are returned to whoever paid them.

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