Greens TAFE spokesperson, Dawn Walker has slammed the decision of the Federal Government to award the contract for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) to private provider, Navitas instead of TAFE NSW in the Illawarra and Hunter regions.
“TAFE should be at the heart of vocational education, instead it is being torn into pieces by an out-of-touch Liberal Government that’s addicted to privatisation” said Dawn Walker MP.
“It’s unbelievable that the AMEP has been ripped off Hunter and Illawarra TAFEs and given to a for-profit private trainer that’s unlikely to have the teaching expertise or facilities to provide the standard of training that TAFE has been delivering for decades to support migrants with the language skills they need to access further training and employment.
“Diverting public money to private providers has been a manifest failure, with many having poor records of rorting, poor teaching and abysmally low graduation rates.
“It’s impossible to have the quality control over private providers that are designed to make a profit, over and above student’s educational outcomes. Already, we’ve seen Navitas, the private provider that was awarded this contract from the Federal Government, subcontract Adult Migrant English Program to another training provider Max Solutions.
“The Greens are calling on the State Government to ensure ongoing support for TAFE delivered adult literacy courses in these areas to ensure that they remain accessible and affordable for the whole community.
“The Greens believe that a well-funded and public TAFE system is vital to the future of New South Wales, unlike the Liberals who are pushing TAFE to the brink through relentless budget cuts and privatisation” said Dawn Walker MP.