Southern Institute of Technology chief executive Penny Simmonds has defended the outsourcing of English language courses at the polytech from next month, which has resulted in redundancies. Ms Simmonds this week confirmed Southland Times reports that the courses, previously taught within the polytechnic, will be outsourced to a Queenstown-based company. Ms Simmonds said many New Zealand institutions were switching to specialist providers for English language tuition. "It's quite usual throughout the country. We would be one of the last in the country to have done it."