McLeish fired up over GOTAFE freeze
CINDY McLeish (MLA, Eildon) has called on the State Government to advise local students about the options available to them after GOTAFE placed a freeze on new enrolments.
“GOTAFE is under pressure because less and less students are enrolling,” Ms McLeish said.
Since 2014 GOTAFE, Victoria’s largest regional TAFE provider with campuses at locations including Seymour and Benalla, has seen enrolments decline by 34 per cent (19,969 down to 13,127).
“Under Daniel Andrews, GOTAFE has received less funding for training because of falling student enrolments,” Ms McLeish said.
“The Minister for Training needs to make a full explanation to any local GOTAFE students who may have been caught up in this mess.
“They are entitled to know if their training is valid.”
Minister for Training Gayle Tierney admitted to Parliament last week she didn’t know how many students have been affected or what amount of money may have been improperly paid to GOTAFE.
“The minister needs to provide certainty for students and local industry by explaining how long the freeze on enrolments in affected courses will be in place,” Ms McLeish said.