Originally posted on The Scan:
The first in our series on the year in Australian tertiary education and training, as recorded in the pages of The Scan.
The apparent end of the world arrived for the Victorian TAFE sector about 8 months earlier than the scheduled date of 21 December.
On 28 April, the Victorian government pre-announced, through The Australian, swingeing cuts to TAFE funding, which essentially removed any special funding for TAFE as the public provider of vocational education and training in Victoria. It was gobsmacking stuff, as reflected in The Scan’s first comment – indeed, the first published comment of any kind – published on 30 April (Once was TAFE):
Publicly provided TAFE will survive, for the time being at least, but it is hardly likely to prosper. You can see a path where many of the TAFEs become residualised, with underutilised assets and need “special assistance” to…
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