New data shows Fees-Free a major flop

BY ACT at 25 June, 2018


 

New data released today by the Tertiary Education Commission shows that the Government’s flagship Fees-Free policy has been a major flop, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

The data shows that, despite the Government pouring $275 million into the programme this year, the number of equivalent full-time students at university has actually fallen by 0.3 per cent.

 

“The Government claimed Fees-Free would break down financial barriers to education.

 

It expected a 3


Fees-Free’s Fatal Flaw

BY ACT at 8 March, 2018


 

“Chris Hipkins has confirmed the Government will this year waste about $38 million of taxpayer money on its flagship fees-free policy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“In response to a select committee question, Hipkins said the dropout rate for first year students studying a bachelor’s degree was 14 per cent.

 

“‘Fees-free’ will cost $275 million this year, so New Zealanders can except about $38 million of their taxes to deliver exactly nothing.


Labour, Bureaucrats Put Your Money At Risk

BY ACT at 26 January, 2018


 

“It should come as no surprise that the Government is being warned its flagship fees-free policy will be open to abuse,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Chris Hipkins has entrusted billions of taxpayer dollars to bureaucrats who hold no records of study from before 2003, meaning it will be difficult to verify their eligibility, according to Radio New Zealand.

 

“In 2003, there were over 1.4 million New Zealanders with a tertiary level qualification.


Government’s Fees-Free Policy Will Widen Educational Inequality

BY ACT at 5 December, 2017


“Labour will tax hardworking New Zealanders to fund university for students that come from disproportionately upper and middle class families,” says ACT leader David Seymour.   “With $3 billion in new spending, and a plan to scrap Partnership Schools, this Government will widen the gap between those that are failed by our state schools and don’t make it to university, and those who have many choices available to them.   “Only 8% of kids that leave


Labour ignores real education problems and rolls out the pork barrel

BY David Seymour at 29 August, 2017


Labour have reverted to cynical election bribery, trying to recapture the glory of 2005’s interest-free student loan announcement,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.