Friday 27 October 2023

How do you unbreak an egg?

I absolutely do not envy whoever in an incoming government gets stuck trying to fix the mess Chris Hipkins caused in the polytechs. 

The polytechs had issues before the merger. Some might well have fallen over. That isn't the end of the world. There are other polytechs. The stronger ones would have picked up more students. 

Now they're all mushed together in a dysfunctional centralised structure that possibly can't be unpicked without immediately causing some to implode, making all of it politically fun.  

Consequences of course go beyond the polytechs. The country's going to need trained tradespeople. 

I have no solutions here. But I wish the best of luck to the incoming Minister receiving this hospital pass. 

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