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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University Wellington. Vol. 23. No. 1. 1960

Bursaries—Modest Increases Only?

Bursaries—Modest Increases Only?

There would, however, be carrots as well as sticks for the part-timers. The Bursary recommendations are important, for financial difficulties must play a major part in forcing students to study part-time. Many VUW students will heartily agree that the Training College Studentship scheme should be wound up as soon as possible. The Bursary provisions have become an easily-worked racket for some students. They also discriminate against perfectly able students who do not wish to bind themselves to State service. The reward of a studentship entails no work on the part of a sixth former, and the Junior and National Scholarships, which do, are worth far less. Anyway, is it really worth while binding students to work as teachers before they have had a chance to decide on their choice of careers? The scheme is merely a temptation for students to become unwilling teachers, or at least halfhearted ones, for the sake of the money.

To compensate for the winding-up of the scheme, big bursary and scholarship increases are needed, but the Committee's recommendations fall far short of what would be necessary to encourage more full-time study. The increase in boarding allowances to £100 per year is long overdue. but other suggested increases will not tempt those who at present have to work to keep themselves. The lack of any recommendation for a grant to University Entrance holders, other than the present payment of fees, is particularly disappointing.—J.D.