Schools need to be a bit more entrepreneurial and lateral-thinking about funding night classes instead of the all-or-nothing approach they have adopted to funding cuts.
There is an opportunity for the local business community to help schools prioritise and then effectively market their courses to their community. Some of the current advertising and marketing efforts of schools suggest they could do with some help in this area.
Every school currently offers some classes that are very popular and possibly have a waiting list. Why not charge a premium for these classes and use the surplus to fund less popular but desirable classes, such as basic cooking, sewing and DIY classes?
Some funding for night classes is still available through the Tertiary Education Commission. Schools should apply for that for worthy courses that meet TEC criteria and look to self-funding other courses, with higher fees for higher demand courses.