Studio 274 shut down
Youth in South Auckland have lost a learning hub for technology after a funding cut.
Studio 274, run by High Tech Youth Network (HTYN) in Otara has been shut down after years of helping students prepare careers in IT.
But according to the Ministry of Education, an evaluation found that the programme was not in line with government objectives for learning.
Acting head of early learning and student achievement Pauline Cleaver says in March a new evaluation of the programme was
‘‘We decided not to be involved because we were satisfied [with] the Martin Jenkins evaluation,’’ she says.
The Martin Jenkins review found the programme wasn’t clear about how it related to government objectives for learning, education and the ICT sector, and it lacked monitoring and evalu- ation information.
Mike Usmar, chief executive of HTYN charity, says the ministry is ‘‘too reckless as partners when dealing with at-risk youth’’.
He says HTYN commissioned five independent evaluations, which showed the work they were doing was effective.
Funding for the programme was supported until June 2016. In August 2016, the Government announced the launch of a $1m fund for projects to strengthen digital technologies in schools.
‘‘The HTYN were able to apply for further funding from this fund. They chose not to submit an application,’’ Cleaver says.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye says decisions are made ‘‘based on the merit, and where funding is available’’.
‘‘HTYN may be interested in the Digital Technology for All Equity Fund which will provide funding for in-school and out-ofschool digital learning opportunities for up to 12,500 students per year,’’ she says.
Usmar has also filed a complaint with the Ombudsman against ministry officials for not taking the other evaluations into consideration.
The Studio 274 building is up for sale and the money will be reinvested in work in Otara. SOLD by Sandeep Sund $525,000
Sitting on a 1/2 share of 1133sqm, three 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and open plan kitchen.
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