The Australian Greens are urging the government to scrap using taxpayer money on the broken for-profit VET sector rather than trying to protect their image with Band-Aid solutions.
"The government must go further than banning training colleges from telling students they could access the taxpayer-funded VET FEE-HELP scheme. We call on the government to stop pouring money into the for-profit VET sector that rips off a third of students who, according to the Education Department, will not finish their studies and be left with massive debts," Greens higher education spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.
"This is yet another example of students being dudded by Government policy. While reforms passed by the Parliament last year provide some safeguards, the for-profit model will never guarantee high quality courses for students."
"We call on the Government to boost funding for TAFE so it can remain a high quality provider of vocational education for students."
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