MP points out polytech plans

The National Party deputy leader and education spokeswoman Nikki Kaye tries out virtual reality training equipment with guidance from Southern Institute of Technology’s (SIT) bachelor of nursing programme manager Karyn Madden (left) and under the watchful eyes of National Party candidate for Invercargill Penny Simmonds and Tertiary Education spokesman Shane Reti.

Ms Kaye and Dr Reti announced during a visit to the SIT yesterday the party ould "unwind" the Government’s reform of vocational tertiary education, if elected, in its first 100 days.

Ms Kaye said it would allow institutions and polytechnics to have control over their own budgets and have autonomy to make local decisions.

PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO
PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO

"We know many of our institutions have taken a massive hit as a result of not having international students. But what we know as well is the reform of vocational education — in our view — is potentiality costing hundreds of millions dollars in a time we want to do everything possible to prevent what we project to be 150,000 [people] not being in work. We don’t think it is right to proceed with the reforms."

Ms Kaye also tested the GIGXR HoloPatient — a clinical assessment and management tool SIT is using to help train nursing students to recognise and manage Covid-19 cases. 

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