TALKING TECH: North Coast TAFE institute director Elizabeth McGregor.
TALKING TECH: North Coast TAFE institute director Elizabeth McGregor. Contributed

TAFE faces challenges

NORTH Coast TAFE is grappling with a state-wide software issue that has wiped student fee and academic records.

Institute Director of North Coast TAFE Elizabeth McGregor said they have been working with TAFE directors state wide to resolve the software problem.

“North Coast TAFE, like all institutes, have been providing weekly feedback to assist the vendor to improve the system. This feedback has been through working groups, video conferences and improvement requests,” Ms McGregor said.

Students who need their transcripts before Christmas are urged to contact the institute in order to prevent jeopardising potential career opportunities.

TAFE’s annual report shows a 25% cut in teaching staff and a 22% jump in course fees – a statistic Ms McGregor isn’t too worried about on the North Coast.

“We had record enrolments in 2014, and has come close to matching that in 2015. So long as demand for our services stays strong, we will keep employing teachers to meet those needs.”

Greens NSW MP John Kaye said the software issues highlight the system is “poorly unfit for the task of running a modern day TAFE”.

“It looks like TAFE students and teachers are going to be yet another nasty way the victims of the drive to privatise TAFE,” he said.



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