Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 3 March 28, 1945
Recently in this College the lecture rooms have become overcrowded to an alarming degree, and the shortage of teaching staff has been commented upon by innumerable people. Obviously the building and facilities are inadequate to meet the needs of the increased numbers of students whose education must suffer unless the position is alleviated. Owing to the war and the restricted building policy adopted by the Government there seems little hope of a building programme being inaugurated in the near future, but the question of providing additional tutors certainly deserves consideration as this would improve matters to some extent.
Interviewed, Prof. Gordon stated that he did not consider large classes detrimental to the students' general standard of work. Our classes are not larger than those of typical English provincial Universities. He said that the ratio of staff to students overseas is about 1:10, allowing for the great personal contact so valuable in a subject such as English. He thinks there is a fair strain on lecturers at Victoria. He himself is fortunate in having a loudspeaker system. Instead of overcrowding in itself being a menace. Prof. Gordon thinks that it is a good sign, providing there are adequate staffing and accommodation facilities available. The answer does not lie in cutting classes; if there is a demand on University education it is the job of the community to provide facilities. Large numbers are a sign of good tendencies but the teaching is not being increased to meet the demand.