Story: Tertiary education

Student debt installation, 2010

Student debt installation, 2010

A student loan scheme for tertiary students was introduced in 1992. Student debt subsequently became a political issue. In 2011 the president of the University of Otago Students' Association, Harriet Geoghegan, created an installation which highlighted the debt issue. Students were given sticky notes on which they recorded their career aspirations, debt amount and how long they thought it would take to pay off. The notes were arranged to read '$ ELEVEN BILLION' – the total amount owed by student loan scheme borrowers at the time.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 19 August 2010, p. 11
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Kerryn Pollock, 'Tertiary education - Tertiary sector reform from the 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012