Senate inquiry told TAFE SA students waiting to graduate can expect green light mid month

  • Minister promises review after report slams TAFE SA courses SA NEWS

    ABOUT 140 students waiting to graduate from TAFE SA following the crisis engulfing the institution can expect the green light this month, an inquiry has heard.

    TAFE Directors Australia chief executive Craig Robertson, appearing at a Senate inquiry into the saga held in Sydney , also said a new set of assessment tools would be rolled out across the institution. Many of national auditor’s concerns about courses related to the nature of assessment as students were often not tested on core content.

    Mr Robertson said about a further 900 students affected were still studying at TAFE SA and any issues would be remedied as they continued their education.

    The rest of the 1660 students affected have had their qualifications cleared by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, he said.

    Business SA executive director Anthony Penney, who appeared via phone hook-up, said the organisation felt the State Government had taken responsibility for the issue.

    “The CEO and chair of TAFE were dealt with accordingly,” he said.

    But Mr Penney said he had asked SA Education Minister Susan Close for a meeting within weeks of the original findings being released, which was still to occur.

    He also questioned why the inquiry was not taking evidence in Adelaide following some terse questions from Labor Senator Doug Cameron questioning why Business SA had not lodged a written submission.

    Australian Skills Quality Authority chief commissioner Mark Paterson disagreed with submissions to the inquiry that were highly critical of the national skills sector.

    He said to suggest that the national system was “in some sort of moral decay or decline” was to overstate the issue and would cause reputational harm.

    Mr Paterson said that the results of TAFE SA’s audit was similar the noncompliance rate found among private providers.

    ASQA’s submission to the inquiry also revealed that further audits of TAFE SA which had been planned for the first quarter of 2018 would now be delayed.

    “Due to the reconsideration process and the extension of time allowed for TAFE SA to submit further evidence as part of that process, it would be unreasonable for ASQA to undertake the audit during that period,” the submission stated.

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