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18 Pool dispute
ON THE PULSE
What it takes to
be a champion
Sowing the seeds
of a successful
Schools hit in the wallet
By JIM CHIPP
Some colleges are scrambling to
pay unexpected bills for adult
community education classes that
did not achieve minimum enrol-
Tawa and Onslow colleges have
been forced to repay funding to
the Tertiary Education Com-
mission after adult courses they
offered last year did not attract
Some schools that have been
unable to pay have had the money
deducted from another Tertiary
programme, Gateway, which
places secondary school students
in workplaces for experience.
Tawa College adult community
education co-ordinator Judith
Havill, president of the Com-
munity Learning Association
Through Schools, said the school
had to repay about $2500.
Onslow College is understood to
owe considerably more, and one
Waikato school owes more than
Tawa has 2000 adult learners,
of whom about 1600 are com-
pletely funded from fees. The Ter-
tiary Education Commission con-
tributes towards the remainder.
The commission funded the
Government s priority courses ,
which included English as a
second language and New Zealand
sign language courses, numeracy
and literacy programmes, and
programmes for those with low
educational qualifications, Maori
and Pacific Island people.
In 2010 the funding regime
changed and providers were
advised they would have to repay
funding if they did not achieve
minimum enrolment numbers, Ms
We were all led to believe that
there would be a two-year bedding
in period where we could work
towards these priority learners.
The whole emphasis needed to
change, she said.
The people they want us to
work with are often people whose
schooling was not a happy place,
so to get them back into a school
takes a personal approach. It
takes encouragement and it takes
Every school had to file an
investment plan, budgeting for
anticipated learner numbers, Ms
A lot of boards said, This is too
hard. We don t want to take the
At the end of last year some
schools met the numbers in their
plans and some did not.
At the beginning of the current
term they were given one week to
repay some of their funding.
Ms Havill said the Tawa adult
programme was able to make the
payment because it was a rela-
tively small amount.
But that s not the case with
some of the other schools, where
they owe a rather large amount.
And at those schools it [the
Commission] has not only stopped
the payments for the community
education, it has also stopped the
funding for Gateway.
When the school commits to
running a class, it employs a
teacher and pays for advertising,
she said. The money was spent,
regardless of whether enough
Tertiary Education Commission
tertiary investment general man-
ager Grant Klinkum said the com-
mission had made no agreement
with adult education providers to
withhold funding recoveries for
two years from November 2010.
It is expected that any monies
unspent by a provider for ACE-
related education should be avail-
able for repayment, he said.
Asked why the commission had
deducted the adult community
education funds from the Gateway
secondary student programme
payments, commission spokes-
woman Kate Richards said the
commission invoiced the schools
for the overpayments.
If they don t pay the invoice,
the only way we can get it is from
other payments, she said.
Education Minister Hekia
Parata referred queries to the
Ministry of Education, which
referred them to the Tertiary Edu-
cation Commission. Tertiary Edu-
cation Minister Steven Joyce
declined to comment.
Balancing act: Nicolas
James Poi, also known as
Bboy Nick, shows off his
moves at the BC One Cypher
Seventy B-boys and one
B-girl battled each other in a
series of one-on-one
knockout rounds at Zeal on
They were aiming for a
spot at the BC One Asia
Pacific qualifier in Auckland
later this year.
McCavitt, aka Grub-D, won
the weekend s competition
and will represent New
Zealand at the Asia Pacific
The winner there will
compete at the world final in
Rio de Janeiro.
Photo: ISOBEL EWING
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