Mayor hopes for an end to TAFE crisis

It must have be disappointing for the students, disappointing for the staff to find out what’s happening at TAFE.

Mayor Lyn Breuer.

As the TAFE SA crisis deepens, many in Whyalla are still seeking answers as to what this means for the future – including mayor Lyn Breuer.

“Everyone wants answers, this needs to be remedied as soon as possible. I would imagine there’s going to be an extensive review of their courses to find out what’s going on,” she said.

“It must have be disappointing for the students, disappointing for the staff to find out what’s happening at TAFE. We’re all shocked by what’s happened.”

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) recently handed down an audit of 16 TAFE courses, with the damning findings causing 14 of those courses to cease enrolments immediately.

Two of those courses are offered at the Whyalla TAFE SA campus – Certificate III in Hairdressing and Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing).

Ms Breuer said it was ‘hard to believe’ what had transpired at TAFE.

“I think the Whyalla community will want some answers,” she said.

When asked whether TAFE could recover from the crisis, Ms Breuer said the organisation was still an essential part of education in Whyalla and regional South Australia.

Since the ASQA findings were released earlier last week, TAFE CEO Robert Murt resigned and Chairman Peter Vaughan has been removed from his position.

Meanwhile SA BEST Leader Nick Xenophon says there should be a statutory compensation scheme set up for TAFE students who have suffered economic loss as a result of courses being non-compliant.

He’s also called for a full federal audit of all TAFE courses and an independent state oversight body being established.