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Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown is calling on Education Minister Chris Hipkins to ensure the views of the Auckland public are heard on the proposed changes to vocational education, which will affect local institutes and polytechnics.

“The Government is proposing major changes to the polytechnic sector which will have serious implications for those operating in Auckland. Currently, only two meetings are scheduled in Auckland with MIT and UniTec, but neither of these meetings are open to the public or will allow the wider public interest to be debated and discussed.”

“Auckland has the largest student population in the country, with many graduating high school and considering their options for tertiary study. They and their families deserve a chance to have their say on these proposals which will affect them the most.”

“That’s not to mention the thousands of students who already study at local polytechnics. The Government owes it to them to front up and explain their position before any decisions are made.”

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