The very odd story of the Oz government and its new tech colleges

31 Oct

John Della Bosca, the NSW Education Minister, has a point.

DESPITE promising 100 new technical colleges across the country the Federal Government has failed to provide even half of the eight it promised for NSW before the last election, the state’s Education Minister, John Della Bosca, said yesterday. Just three had been established and they had secured just 20 per cent of the overall enrolment target, he said.

“One was an existing private school and another contracts the local TAFE to provide its entire vocational program,” Mr Della Bosca said. “A fourth college at western Sydney is not recognised by the independent Board of Studies because it does not have registration as a separate non-government school. The other colleges have failed to get enough teaching staff onto AWAs to open their doors.”

Mr Della Bosca said the Hunter college had attracted 134 students, and the Illawarra facility 37 students, with all its training delivered by TAFE…

Margaret Gardner, vice-chancellor of RMIT and president of the Australian Technology Network of universities, said the technical colleges were not the solution to the skills shortage and were an unnecessary duplication of private colleges and TAFE.

Hatred of the Australian Education Union and the state education unions which serve the existing TAFE institutions seems to me more than part of the government’s agenda. It can’t be objective rationality that has taken them down this wasteful path.


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AEU Fact Sheet (PDF)

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4 responses to “The very odd story of the Oz government and its new tech colleges

  1. Steve Rosenbaum

    November 11, 2007 at 4:45 am

    The system of Government providing education of any kind in the long run is a failed concept. Government thrives on problems and failure. When was the last time you heard a politician say, “things are great..we don’t need any more laws?”

    If they delivered on their promise, you wouldn’t need them. It’s not in their interest to do things right.

  2. ninglun

    November 11, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Steve, that is such nonsense I don’t know where to begin… From my grandfather down to myself I draw on over a century in public education, was myself educated entirely by the state, and by and large in NSW at any rate it was and is excellent.

    We should all go and live in caves, right?

  3. Steve Rosenbaum

    November 11, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Either you missed my point or your stuck in the dark ages. I would be that most of what you learned didn’t come from public school it came from your own hard work and study. Our model of education today hasn’t changed much in a thousand years. We’ve added access but the model is the same.

    Take reading. Our model is that you learn to read in the first few grades and then you only get more instruction if you can’t read. What would happen if you started at age 5 and continued to get instruction until you read at 2000 words per minute. Just image what they would do to your education. Yet we have lots of people that argue the values of slow reading. “I enjoy savoring every line!” Instead of I read 20 times more books because I’m reading faster. In that situation whose more educated.

    When you say that education is excellent, that’s compared to other not so good systems. Without innovation, creativity and aggressive competition we’ll still be sitting classrooms in the factory model in the next 1000years

  4. ninglun

    November 11, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Whatever, Steve, and I’m afraid your own grammar teaching seems to have been rather patchy, something I would normally overlook or quietly edit. But in this case, physician heal thyself does seem apt. Of course we all make slips in comments, don’t we? Yours are a touch embarrassing though.

    Speed reading is much over-rated and of limited use: great when locating information, lousy when reading a poem. However, I will give your Minnesota-based firm a plug: Learning Paths International. It is of some interest. Just don’t pontificate about the quality of education in my country, thanks.

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