Our CIT must be properly supported and funded
Glenn Fowler writes in today's Canberra Times that the great work that CIT does needs to be properly funded.
It is a sad reflection on governmental support for TAFEs across the country that a reduction in funding in real terms (from all funding sources) of the ACT's TAFE in excess of 33 per cent since 1997 is only the fourth-worst in the nation. We should not judge the ACT's support for its primary Vocational Education and Training provider by the standards of the other states and territories, which are currently involved in a neo-liberal race to the bottom. If we were truly ''the clever country'', we would recognise that education and training of a nation's citizenry is a smart investment, not a burden to be borne, especially as we are in the midst of a skills shortage.
Glenn Fowler, 'Our CIT must be properly supported and funded', Canberra Times, July 2, 2012