- This submission supports the recommendations of the strategic plan. However, there is no mention of rural communities in the proposed changes. RWNZ urges the Ministry of Education to adopt a rural lens when considering recommendations.
- This submission strongly supports the introduction of more industry-based providers into the education sector. Particularly the proposals for increased regional programme delivery and localised collaboration between industry employers and education providers.
- This submission supports the submission made by the Rural Education Reference Group (RERG) on Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini. RWNZ recognises that the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce has made an effort to understand the unique challenges faced by rural schools and supports the Report’s recommendations. However, RWNZ urges the Ministry of Education to include rural representation at all levels of the proposed structural changes.
- This submission strongly supports the need for an inquiry into new models of tertiary education. Access to adult learning opportunities in rural New Zealand remains severely limited, tertiary education providers having little to no funding incentives to enhance their reach into these communities.