Last month, along with several hundred others, I attended the meeting at Western Springs College to protest the government funding cuts to night school education.
The 100-year tradition of night school education in New Zealand is unique and every previous government has recognised the social, economic and educational worth of the programme.
So what has brought about this dramatic action that threatens to put a stop to the programme by the current National-led government?
Apparently not the report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (June 2008) which calculated a return of between $54 to $72 for every funding dollar spent, a gross economic benefit of between $4.9 and $6.4 billion from it.
It is unacceptable that no National MPs fronted the meeting to hear first hand from a large number of students and tutors involved in the programme.
Their stories were not sentimental; they were hard hitting reality. Accessible, affordable, quality education is what night class education
provides. It must continue.