McLeish fired up over GOTAFE freeze

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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