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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 18. September 20, 1939

Refugee Relief

Refugee Relief

It was decided that owing to the international situation and the fact that difficulties would be experienced with the immigration authorities "that the campaign for Refugee Student Relief be suspended until further notice; and that the funds already in hand be hold by the colleges in trust for the purpose for which they were raised."

A comprehensive report by a C.U.C. sub-committee on Curricula was received. The report is divided into four sections—Liberal Education, Lectures, Examination System, and Reform. Under the heading of Liberal Education the need for popular lectures was emphasised, as was the need for some system by which a student can attend lectures that are outside their own course, but in which they are interested. The provision of lectures in current events was 'advocated. There also should be "a [unclear: tremendously] increased degree of [unclear: flexibility] extending through the whole of the first year and aiming at a general cultural education." It is gratifying to note that external examinations in Stage 1 subjects are shortly to be abolished and the report considered that the principle of internal examinations could be extended to the higher stages. It was held that there was a wide scope for improvement in teaching methods on the lines of the tutorial and seminar system, but that this was largely impossible owing to "the lamentable lack of financial resources available to the University of New Zealand." However, a compromise could be made by the provision of more adequate duplicated notes and synopsis.

Alterations in curricula were dealt with in some detail. Investigation on lines similar to this report is to be carried out at all other colleges.