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The marketisation of TAFE

January 16, 2014

This article from Leesa Wheelahan is a good introduction to the marketisation of TAFE and the effects of decades of such policies on the entire vocational education sector. It is not only that the assumptions underpinning marketisation are not being adequately questioned or that they are inherently at odds with what education is or should be about. There’s more than ideology driving this in my opinion. Though, Leesa highlights what turning TAFE into just another provider is really about: dismantling an institution. Once it’s gone we won’t easily be able to put it back together:

Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan on why learning is about more than mere supply and demand.

TAFE is not a ‘provider’ of vocational education and training; it is an educational institution which, like schools and universities, is essential to Australia’s social cohesion, productivity and international economic competitiveness. But TAFE is being wrecked.

Victoria is leading the charge. TAFE’s share of publicly funded students in Victoria declined from 67% in 2008 to 42% in 2012, while private providers’ share increased from 16% to 46% over that time.

Read the rest of the article here.

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  1. March 9, 2014 12:10 pm

    The Australian tertiary education system is standardized across the country and all educational institutions, from Australian English Colleges to Vocational Training Centres to Universities must be registered and adhere to strict guidelines set by the Australian Education Board, which ensures the highest standards, ethics and quality across a broad range of internationally-recognised education.

    Vocational Education and Training

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