ACPET National Monday Update 9 February 2015


  Rod Camm2
Rod Camm defends private provision
I recognise that (unfortunately) education is a very political issue, particularly at the moment.

I would hope we are all in the industry to provide outstanding education to students. We have an internationally recognised quality system. If you are following the current debate, you may have trouble believing this!

Various elements of the vocational education and training sector are using the debate to further their own arguments, which is undermining confidence in our system.

What a surprise that the Australian Education Union has released a report that labels privatisation a ‘disaster’. They are certain that a TAFE monopoly is the only way!

I share their interest in ensuring that the vocational education and training system delivers the best results for students.  However, let’s not ignore that it is students who are voting with their feet and are choosing quality training colleges. This is not a negative – students are making these choices.

According to the Union, private training delivers nothing but poor quality, taxpayer waste, fat profits and poor outcomes for students. I doubt I have read a more biased and poorly researched report than the one released to support these assertions. Disappointing at best.

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