The proposal has received some backing from the National party.
In a press conference today, National party leader Simon Bridges said 'there is a need for change' within ITO's and Polytechs in New Zealand.
He said he agrees that there 'has not been the numbers going into polytechs,' and that needs to be looked into.
However, Bridges said the solution the Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins, has proposed is 'extreme,' and 'is just not going to work.'
He said it will reduce the chance for 'ground up' solutions in smaller towns involving certificates and diplomas in on the job training.