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Polytechs Bill To Limit Boards Introduced Today

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Wellington, Aug 20 NZPA - Polytechnic boards will be smaller and the Tertiary Education Commission will have increased powers of intervention, Education Minister Anne Tolley announced today.

The changes are in the Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Bill to be introduced into Parliament today.

Councils can have up to 20 members and the bill will restrict that to eight -- four appointed by the minister, the chief executive, a student representative, an academic board appointee and a board appointed member.

It will also allow the Crown to respond "more effectively" where polytechnics are at financial or educational risk, Ms Tolley said.

"This will enable us to act more quickly and in a less intrusive way to support councils."

Ms Tolley has been criticised over the Government's treatment of polytechnics including students being turned away because of the government cap on places.

Meanwhile, students at Otago Polytechnic today erected signs to protest cuts in polytechnic funding.

The signs say the polytechnic is for sale by "National Reality".

"Selling off polytechnics is one possible future of some New Zealand polytechnics if government under-funding of the sector continues," Otago Polytechnics Student Association president Meegan Cloughley said.

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