MIT students protest funding cuts

18:54, Nov 22 2012
PUBLIC DISPLAY: Students at Manukau Institute of Technology protest funding cuts that will see them lose teachers and courses.

Students took to the streets this afternoon to protest Government funding cuts to Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland.

The Otara polytechnic is to cut courses and staff across a range of departments after missing out on funding awarded in a government tender.

One-third of all funding for foundation level courses - $38 million out of $115 million - was put up for tender, with 17 private training establishments, six institutes of technology and polytechnics and one wananga receiving the funding.

MIT is set to lose the equivalent of 25 full-time teachers, as well as courses in its horticulture, automotive and trades schools.

Automotive student Jade Phoenix says the losses are a huge blow to students in the area.

''Private training establishments don't have what MIT has,'' she says.

''They don't do practical automotive training - so we're going to fix cars and not know what to do.''

A similar protest took place at Unitec in Auckland this morning.

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CARN'T STAND IT: Automotive students hold placards in protest.

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