Rangi Ruru ECE college being 'forced to close'
Rangi Ruru Early Childhood Education College will close in two years, "squeezed out" of the market because it cannot grow.
Principal Julie Moor said the soaring cost of providing tertiary qualifications, coupled with a cap on student numbers, gave the college no alternative.
"We have been, in a sense, squeezed out. We cannot grow."
Moor said it was a tough decision because 12 fulltime-equivalent jobs would be lost.
About eight years ago, the government capped student numbers at the college at 66. It was able to negotiate a small increase, allowing it to have 83 students spread over three years.
Although student numbers were small, the college had always been able to offer the high-quality Diplomas of Teaching, taught over three years, Moor said.
However, early-childhood education centres were increasingly looking for staff with degrees and setting up a degree programme was "hugely expensive".
"We have been forced out by economics. We cannot really develop a degree. We had people who wanted to come next year but we had to say 'no, we are not running'."
Moor said it had been decided that the college would not accept new students next year. Enrolled students could complete their diploma studies as the college was phased out over the next two years.
The college will still run the popular one-year NZ Certificate in Nanny Education next year, subject to viable numbers.
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