Recently, there has been a lot of talk from the Minister of Tertiary Education about the New Zealand taxpayer (they say Government, but don’t be fooled; it is the taxpayers’ money they are investing) getting more “bang for their buck” out of tertiary education. Of course, we have heard this for a while. If I recall correctly, for about a decade! But the action on this seems to be finally coming now.
Some other providers have mentioned this is an era of change for them, that they’ll become more results-focused instead of “bums on seats”-focused to meet this new era of tertiary education. In some cases, they make it sound as if the sun hasn’t risen for years and now, finally, we have a cloud-free day, the birds are chirping, the grass is the most beautiful green one has ever seen, and the flowers are in bloom.
In reality, the National School of Aesthetics has always been focused on results. Quite simply, if you didn’t make the mark — and quite a high standard we have set to be sure — you didn’t pass. This means students have to work hard to gain their qualification with us, and, I think, most students appreciate this because, once they finished, they feel that, wow, they worked hard to get their qualification and they are proud of it.
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