Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 6. May 26, 1943
An immediate suggestion for improving the students' present participation in the war effort was brought up also by V.U.C. Cut out the Long Vacation! How ridiculous it is, we pointed out, that science students should be working In freezing works or lifting hay during three months of the year. If they were at the University they were there because they were doing specialised work, so important that it necessitated their withdrawal from the armed forces. Their job was to do scientific work and they should be kept at it.
Otago pointed out that they had taken this matter up with the Minister of Health three years ago and had had no response at all.
If the Long Vacation were dropped a science course of four years could be cut to three.
Monetary compensation would have to be made, of course.
It was resolved that a deputation of N.Z.U.S.A. approach the Minister of Manpower and Health to ensure better utilisation of students in war time, with special reference to the cutting out of the Long Vacation.