THE state government will revive Victoria’s only remaining sign language diploma course as it moves to stem the damage of Ted Baillieu’s TAFE cuts.
I will believe this when I see it. In the above article Farrah Tomazin uses language like “lifeline” and “reinstated”, but there will still be a tender process, meaning it may not be at Kangan, and that the teachers at Kangan will still lose their jobs, the current students will still have to pay $7500 for the last three months of a fast tracked Diploma.
This is one of those articles like “Look we fixed it, it was all [most hated MP]’s fault, ok stop talking and campaigning about this.”
Obviously this is good news! There will be a course into the future, that’s great, but I am still not convinced that this information is in any way new.
My main point would be fairly similar to the Labour line here:
Labor spokesman Steve Herbert described the tender process as a wasteful “bureaucratic exercise.”
“Clearly there’s a need for this training, and the government should simply fund a TAFE to provide it from the start of next year,” he said.
If they were actually “reinstating” this course, they would be offering teachers their jobs back, they would be offering current students a way to finish which is not phenomenally expensive, and that provides what the course is designed to deliver (ie not a compressed version with only one teacher instead of six), and the course would be continuing from the next intake in January.
I just got a whole bunch of excited texts about this article, and I hate to be the big grumpy nitpicker, spoiling all of the relief, but this is in no way a change of their most recent position of removing teachers, overcharging students, and releasing the course to the lowest bidder (most likely a private provider, given how much the Baillieu government seems to be in love with education as a business.)
Anyway, the short of this is: Campaign not over, course not fixed, current teachers losing their jobs still, current students still being fucked over, course still being auctioned off, Bailieu still a wanker, Peter Hall still avoidant and pretending that he has been in support of this course the entire time.
The main thing that this article tells me is that the state gov have made an official statement which means that in the very least their position is now solid rather than the “change the story every 24 hours” position they had back when the course was first axed.
I really want to stress that this is positive news, but that it doesn’t mean everything is fixed. There has been a lot of speculation from both the research team hired by the state government and by a few people about the place about delivering this course online (which I am not completely averse to, but as a sole delivery method sucks), and the fact that the first intake will be mid 2013 with a “capped number of places” puts me on edge.
Anyway, this is good news, but not new news. Don’t start baking giant Auslan themed cakes yet. (ps i hate cake)
PPS I reserve the right to later talk with my teachers and other folks involved and have them tell me I am completely and utterly wrong and then retract the shit out of this, but with the info I have now, things look about the same.