The Government will slash tertiary tuition fees for science,
agriculture, and some health science courses such as
physiotherapy, Budget 2014 shows.
Today's Budget allocated $198.6m in operating funding for new
investments in tertiary education, $83.3 million of which
would go towards lifting tuition subsidies for targeted
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said science,
technology, engineering and mathematics had been historically
underfunded in comparison to humanities and commerce.
As a result, the Government would put $68m towards science
subsidies, $8.5m for agriculture, $3.8m for pharmacy, and
$3.1m for physiotherapy.
The investment in science-based skills was designed to
improve innovation, productivity and growth.
The National-led Government has previously incentivised
Some of the $198.6m investment was new Crown funding, while
some was reprioritised from within the tertiary education
Mr Joyce said changes to student loans had led to fewer
people taking up full-time study and instead moving into
employment. In the last year, "not all allocated places were
The Government announced a total of $857m in new funding in
the education budget, though most of this had been
The total spend on early childhood, primary and secondary
education in Budget 2014 rose to $10.1 billion.
Among the new allocations was $156m for early childhood
education, as part of a bid to increase participation rates.
Of this money, $53.6 million would be used to subsidise ECE
"Keeping fees as low as possible is vital if we are to
increase early childhood participation, especially for
children from Maori, Pasifika and low-income backgrounds,''
Education Minister Hekia Parata said.
The remainder of the ECE money was designed to meet expected
increases in the number of children attending, and the number
of hours they would require.
Of the $172m in spending on new schools and classrooms, some
would go towards a new school in North Canterbury, the
Pegasus Bay School.
This spending was funded by the partial sale of state-owned
The largest slice of the new money would go towards the
Investing in Educational Success Programme, announced by
Prime Minister John Key in January.
The scheme created new principal and teacher roles, and an
allowance to get the highest-performing principals to schools
with the highest needs.
- by Isaac Davison, NZ Herald
- $83.3m for lifting tuition subsidies for science,
agriculture and selected health science
- $53m for four new Centres of Research Excellence
EDUCATION NEW SPENDING:
- $857.8m over four years
- $359m for leadership and quality teaching programme
- $85.3m for schools' operational grants
- $155.7m for early childhood education, including increase
in fee subsidies
- $111.5m operating funding, including compensation for leaky
- $172.5m for new schools and classrooms, including a new
school in North Canterbury
- $2.5m for computers for low-income homes
- $4.7m for teacher aides for students with high health
- $2.4m for Reading Together programme