concerns that not enough is being done to protect New Zealand's export
education industry - the country's fourth biggest export earner.
80,000 foreign fee paying students are enrolled at New Zealand schools and
tertiary institutes, putting around $1.5 billion into the economy.
And in just
four years student numbers have jumped from 28,000 to 82,000.
involved in the tertiary end of the export education industry are in Nelson to
discuss whether the needs of foreign students are being met.
grown very quickly more quickly than any of us expected and we have just got
to make sure that the systems are in place to properly look after those young
people," says Education Minister Trevor Mallard.
1000 schools and tertiary institutes take on foreign fee paying students. For
some schools it can contribute significantly to their budget.
government does not want primary or secondary schools to depend on foreign
fees. A downturn in the industry can have disastrous effects. This has been
proved recently with the severe acute respiratory syndrome which has hit
private language schools hard.
But for the
industry itself to stay healthy there are calls for a national body to look
after the well-being of New Zealand's international students.