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TEC Can Still Do What It Needs Despite Possible Cuts - Bosses

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Wellington, March 25 NZPA - Despite 50 job losses the Tertiary Education Commission can still do everything it is meant to -- just with less face-to-face contact, its bosses say.

Earlier this month the TEC announced a proposal which would see 76 positions axed.

This would reduce the total number of full-time equivalent staff at the commission to 292.5.

However, the proposed restructuring would also create 24 new positions.

In Parliament's education and science select committee today, Labour's tertiary education spokeswoman Maryan Street questioned how the commission could operate with the cuts.

"How is the TEC expected to continue its work with this level of staffing reduction?"

In the current economic climate more people would be looking to enter tertiary education and the TEC would need a higher level of involvement, Ms Street said.

Chief executive Roy Sharp said the changes were still only a proposal but had been arrived by looking "carefully at the way in which we do things".

"It's our view that we can do what we need to do with the resources we are expected to have."

Dr Sharp said the commission was moving towards the use of modern technologies to replace some face-to-face contact.

Telecommunications, video communications and offices in Auckland and Wellington will be used to centralise staff in a bid to improve interactions with education providers.

The changes were more cost effective, he said.

A final decision on the proposal was expected by April 2.

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