Chris Bourke has announced what was already clear, that the merging of UC and CIT is too hard for this Government.
Minister for Education and Training Dr Chris Bourke today reported to the Legislative Assembly that, “Further
work on exploring collaborative arrangements between Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and the University of Canberra has been placed on hold. This is pending the finalisation and implementation of a range of VET (Vocational Education and Training) sector reforms at institutional, ACT and national levels.”
“The government is committed to reforming the ACT VET sector through initiatives to improve quality, transparency, access and efficiency. This is consistent with the national directions as expressed in COAG’s National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform,” Minister Bourke said.
“The ACT is currently negotiating details of an Implementation Plan for the National Partnership. The development and implementation of income contingent loans as well as a national training entitlement, all within a more open market, are just some of the reforms that need to be carefully considered.
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“Any future collaborative activity that involves CIT will have to take the targets and objectives of the National Partnership into account, given that it is worth some $28 million to the Territory.
Meanwhile UC will continue building up its vocational education arms no doubt. My what a spectacular waste of time and effort this process has been.
Dr Bourke’s Ministerial Statement is also available.
UPDATE 01/05/12 18:49: The Greens’ Meredith Hunter has joined us in asking what the hell was that all about?
“After false starts, premature media releases and significant anxiety amongst educators, current and prospective students, at least today we have some clarity,” ACT Greens Education spokesperson, Meredith Hunter MLA, said.
“We are left asking why the UCIT model was announced, despite the lack of any detail about the proposal.