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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

FEARS MORE BENDIGO TAFE JOBS AND COURSES CUT WITH KANGAN TAKE OVER

The mooted take-over of Bendigo TAFE by Melbourne based Kangan TAFE, forced by Denis Napthine’s $1.2 billion TAFE cuts, would lead to even more Bendigo staff losses and course cuts.

Bendigo Labor MPs, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, said a study of the 2013 Kangan TAFE Annual Report revealed that like Bendigo, Kangan was also hit hard hit by Denis Napthine’s $1.2 billion TAFE cuts.

A study of the 2013 Kangan TAFE Annual Report reveals:

  • 52 courses cut
  • 175 staff cut
  • Students slugged with increased      fees
  • Reduction in the investment of      building repairs, maintenance and equipment
  • A massive drop in student numbers      with 6% fewer 15-24 years old and 16% fewer 25-64 year olds

“In 2013 Kangan cut staff, slashed courses, hiked up student fees and reduced equipment and maintenance funding,” Ms Allan said.

“Bendigo TAFE has had to do the same thanks to Denis Napthine’s $1.2 billion TAFE cuts. What benefit will there be for Bendigo by being taken over by a Melbourne based TAFE that is also cutting courses and staff?” Ms Allan said.

“Bendigo is a large city and needs its own stand-alone TAFE that serves local students and employers, not the budget needs of Melbourne based management,” Ms Allan said.

Ms Edwards said that the Bendigo TAFE 2013 Annual Report also showed how Bendigo TAFE was reeling from Denis Napthine’s $1.2 billion TAFE cuts. (see attached release).

 “Bendigo TAFE has already cut 150 jobs and 36 courses as a result of Denis Napthine’s $1.2 billion TAFE cuts,” Ms Edwards said.

“In 2013 Kangan TAFE lost $7 million in Government funds as part of Denis Napthine’s $1.2 billion TAFE cuts,” Ms Edwards said.

“A take-over by a Melbourne based TAFE that has also cuts jobs, courses and raised student fees is not in the best interests of students in our community,” Ms Edwards said.

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