Sensation makes little sense, but who cares?

The ‘Radia Tapes’ and Wikileaks aggressively ask these questions. Five thousand taped conversations of Nira Radia administrating the country and untold thousands of cables of diplomats sending their reports Stateside, many of which sent perhaps after a bloody good bottle of Red. Does this unprecedented access to sensitive information make us wiser political citizens than those of the previous generations?…

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Choudhary, Prasad to seek direct mandate

Two sitting Members of Parliament of the Labour Party representing the Sub-Continent communities will contest from two different and prominent constituencies in Auckland, if their nominations are approved by the respective Local Electorates. Dr Ashraf Choudhary is among the seven nominees for the Manurewa Constituency in South Auckland, while Dr Rajen Prasad is hoping to contest at the Te Atatu…

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Striking teachers ignore economic realities

In September, an estimated 280,000 students and their parents were badly disrupted by the strike action of the members of the Post Primary Teachers’ Union (PPTA). About 16,000 teachers went on strike, affecting 450 intermediate and secondary schools. The protest was part of a planned programme of industrial action taken by the PPTA over stalled pay negotiations with the Education…

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Training creates career path for young gynaecologist

An increasing number of young people are testimony to the belief that systematic training, commitment to work and continuous education help them progress in their career. Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Premjit Gill, who works as a Senior House Officer (Junior Doctor) at the Wellington Hospital Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ward is one of them. Career Services, a Government Organisation that provides independent…

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Trained professionals overtake qualified mates

A majority of trainers involved in training programmes do not have qualifications to do so, according to a Survey. The New Zealand Training & Development Survey (NZTD) said while 39% of training and development professionals had qualifications in adult education and training, only 4% had university level qualifications. “For an industry whose purpose is the education and training of New…

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NZQA gets wider scope of supervision

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) will be directly responsible for all institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) in the country from the New Year, Tertiary Education Minister Stephen Joyce said. This would effectively reduce the supervisory role of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand (ITPNZ), which has had the responsibility through its Committee called ‘ITP Quality’…

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Move to remove duplicate qualifications

The Government has put in place a new regulatory body to eliminate duplicate qualifications and simplify diploma and certificate level courses. The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), established in June this year, will provide useful information to students and employers and enable the latter to assess if potential employees had the requisite skills and knowledge. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce…

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