Posted by: PPTAweb on 24, Sep, 2009
Guarantee - limited time only – for a limited number of lucky applicants. Guaranteed that you can be part of an experiment that will provide you with a place in a tertiary institution that may or may not be of your choice, may or may not be in the area of training you thought you were interested in (but there are lots of hospitality and hairdressing options) and you may or may not have to turn up once selected for this opportunity.
Guaranteed business opportunity for tertiary education brokers or disillusioned youth scouts – look for students currently in secondary schools suffering from adolescent angst and disillusionment - preferably students who are actually achieving a pass or achieved (i.e. not behaviourally challenging beyond the usual teenage insolence) and broker a position with a govt approved youth guarantee provider and then help them exit said secondary school for the bright lights of tertiary (note- no detention for smoking).
No guarantee of a qualification or a career –but hey the Commerce Commission is hardly likely to provide a warning to any govt making ambiguous claims about the composition of their product, and who said education was guaranteed in NZ anyway - especially when there's a business opportunity to be created out of students who need more support than the govt is prepared to provide in the compulsory education sector.
Employment certainly can't be guaranteed. After-all the Minister for Education is intending to cut staffing in the exact same compulsory education sector - looks like guidance counsellors and career advisors are top of the list. But hey it's a youth guarantee and guarantee means ......