15 Jul 2016

Teachers' union criticises MIT 'fast food papers'

12:27 pm on 15 July 2016

A change in the way some courses are taught at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has led a teaching union to describe them as "fast food papers".

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The Tertiary Education Union says the institute is trying to compress 17-week degree papers in accounting, economics and law into eight weeks.

Its co-president, Jill Jones told Morning Report the change was unsound and would damage MIT's reputation.

She said spreading the course over a longer time helped teachers to build relationships with students and support their learning.

In a statement, MIT said the number of teaching hours remained unchanged under the new compressed model, and students were supportive of the shorter courses.