Tertiary students, supported by groups representing the wider education sector, plan on Saturday 21 July to march from Britomart, Auckland to the National Party Conference at SkyCity. Described as an "Education Show and Tell," organisers say the event is about "showing our discontent with sector-wide education policy, and telling the truth about the Government's cuts."
The sector-wide changes include:
At least 5,000 postgraduate students losing their student allowance, forcing them to take on more debt or give up study.
Parental income thresholds for student allowances frozen for four years.
Introduction of damaging league tables for Primary Schools based on flawed National Standards data.
$404 million cut from Early Childhood Education
$114 million cut from Education budget as a result of failed class size policy
AUT student, Daniel Preston-Jones, called the National Government's plan "a short sighted vision for education in New Zealand."
All four education sectors will rally together this Saturday at 1pm at Britomart at the event which organisers say "is an outcry against the ongoing attacks against education, as well as an opportunity for like-minded people to come together and call for a more visionary approach to education."
The rally will march up Queen Street and finish at the National party's annual convention at Sky City. Anyone with concerns about the direction of education policy in New Zealand is invited to attend the family-friendly event.
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