The “success” of free fees

Some interesting data in the Herald about the impact of Labour’s free tertiary frees policy:

  • Increased students from wealthy areas (deciles 6 to 10) from 62% to 69%
  • Decreased students going to polytechs from 33% to 30% of all students
  • Decreased students going to wananga from 1.7% to 0.5%
  • 42% of fees free students who studied for two years failed at least one course
  • Enrolments fell by 7.000

So the summary is it resulted in fewer students overall, more students failing, fewer students from poor areas and fewer students going to polytechs or wananga.

Well done Labour.

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