The end of public money handouts to for-profit private providers should be at the centre of any Vocational Education and Training sector reforms, the Australian Greens have said.
“The rampant rorting of the VET system is one of the most extraordinary and damning examples of failed privatisation that Australia has ever seen,” the Greens’ education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“Public money should not be given to private, for-profit education providers and should instead be invested in the struggling TAFE system.
“Experts warned that funnelling money into the private education sector would have disastrous results and that is exactly what has happened.
“While it’s clear the current system is unworkable and needs to be overhauled, I am concerned that the government’s changes will simply fiddle at the edges of a deeply compromised sector.
“We need to see an independent Commission, with an Ombudsman, appointed to oversee the provision of Vocational Education and Training in Australia.
“I still have serious questions about what will happen to students who have been caught up in this dodgy system and will continue to work with the government to make sure they are not left with massive, unfair debts.
“The government should be properly funding our TAFE colleges, making education and training available to everybody, not using public money to prop up private education providers.
“The Greens will work in the Parliament to guarantee that all Australians have access to a high quality and well-funded public education, from childhood through to university and Vocational Education and Training.”
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