OPINION: As has been reported by the Taranaki Daily News, Witt has launched an investigation following a complaint that a student enrolled in 2012 was awarded the National Certificate in Maori Performing Arts without meeting the required assessment criteria.
We take matters around the integrity of the qualifications and education provided at Witt very seriously. As well as our own investigation we have asked the Tertiary Education Commission and NZQA to assist us with this process.
The fundamental purpose of this investigation is to get to the bottom of what has happened, which will determine what steps are taken next.
I cannot talk about the investigation as it is ongoing, however it is important to be reminded of the many thousands of lives which have been changed for the better by education provided by Te Wananga Maori at Witt, and for the many tens of thousands throughout the region, the country and the world who have benefited from the education and training provided at this region's only major tertiary education provider.
I began my tenure as chief executive on October 29 last year. I was honoured by the opportunity and humbled to return to the place that, wherever in the world I was, was "home". I cannot imagine feeling this way about another place on earth. It's the place that my husband and I want to raise our son, and the place that we hope he will always be proud to call home as well.
While returning to Taranaki held strong appeal, being able to give back to a community that provided me with so much was also a key part of my decision to join the Witt team, and in doing so join an essential organisation in this region in a role that so profoundly serves this community.
I have, and continue to cherish the opportunity and I have been moved by the passion of the people here at Witt who give their all every day to support our students. I have also been impressed by the vibrancy, community pride and can-do-attitude within Taranaki and its many communities. There is a very real passion in all those I meet, who have a pride for our region and who are committed to the continued success of "our" institution.
The future for Witt is one that lives through our vision - to be the leading educator for tertiary outcomes in Taranaki.
However, it's more than that - Witt has a vital leadership role in this community, to ensure that we are providing the means for our people to have a better future, a future of long-term sustainable employment; where families role model success, and our children grow up with a sense of pride and a healthy work ethic.
We will work through this current issue, and it will not diminish the very bright future ahead for Witt, and this region. We have strong and diverse industry across oil and gas, engineering and a thriving farming sector.
We are passionate at Witt about doing all we can to support industry and to provide real solutions to keep our next generation learning and up-skilling in the region to fill the range of jobs and opportunities increasingly on offer.
My family and I are very grateful to be home in Taranaki. We at Witt remain passionate about doing our part to ensure the learners in the region are achieving their potential and that they have excellent opportunities and pathways right here at home.
I am very grateful for the continued support of the community in coming on the journey with us to achieve our potential, and in doing so allowing us to help the people of the community to achieve their goals.
- Taranaki Daily News
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