Col­leges seek for­eign stu­dents to boost funds

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By LAURA MCLEAY

Mata­mata Col­lege has teamed up with Mor­rinsville Col­lege in an at­tempt to re­gain some of the money lost through a new gov­ern­ment fund­ing scheme.

Plans are be­ing put in place to mar­ket abroad in the hope of at­tract­ing more in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to off­set re­duced in­come.

State schools used to be re­viewed an­nu­ally and funded by the Gov­ern­ment through staff and op­er­a­tion grants along with the ad­di­tion of com­mu­nity grants and stu­dent fees.

This year, how­ever, the op­er­a­tions grants will be re­viewed on a quar­terly ba­sis and funded de­pend­ing on the num­ber of stu­dents at the school each term.

On av­er­age about 50 stu­dents leave col­lege be­fore the school year is over which may re­sult in less money in the later terms.

Prin­ci­pal Glenn Rowsell said they were es­ti­mat­ing a $35,000 loss an­nu­ally.

‘‘ We an­tic­i­pate we will lose about $35,000 from in­come, which is a lot when we are al­ready run­ning a deficit bud­get. So we will have to re­duce costs. The price of ev­ery­thing is com­ing up but our in­come is re­duc­ing so some­where we have to fill that gap.’’

Mata­mata Col­lege board felt bring­ing in in­ter­na­tional stu­dents was a good way to do that.

An in­ter­na­tional stu­dent pays $11,200 a year to the school.

Out of that tu­tors and home stay man­agers were paid but Mr Rowsell said, once you got 15 or 20 of them com­ing in, it would help gen­er­ate a rea­son­able of in­come.

If a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents do not come then this could well cost the school a much needed teacher aide.

‘‘Most teach­ers are paid from a dif­fer­ent pool but the school pays teacher aides and sup­port staff. We need them in the school. But $ 35,000 is about how much it costs to hire one so this fund­ing could be cost­ing us a teacher aide,’’ Mr Rowsell said.

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