Close has many questions to answer about TAFE revelations

Weatherill Government Minister for Higher Education and Skills Susan Close has many questions to answer surrounding her handling of the TAFE accreditation imbroglio.

Minister Close had an opportunity to come into the Parliament yesterday and update the House on what she knew and when about TAFE potentially losing accreditation to 16 courses, but she failed to do so.

Among the key questions Minister Close must answer today:

• Will the qualifications of students who are currently studying the identified courses be recognised?
• Will TAFE stop offering these courses if they lose accreditation?
• How much of his bonus did TAFE SA CEO Robin Murt receive in the past year?
• Will the Minister release the report of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)?

“The Weatherill Labor Government has proved yet again it cannot get the basics right,” said Shadow Minister for Education John Gardner.

“Facing questions that TAFE could lose accreditation to 16 courses, Minister Close should have acted immediately and brought back key information to the Parliament.

“The people of South Australia – and especially the 2,000 students who may be affected as they prepare themselves for their careers – deserve a government that is open with the people of South Australia and focused on fixing the mess.

“Sadly, this is just the latest example of incompetence in the Education portfolio after 16 years of Labor.”