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
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
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
''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
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''.