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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33, No. 1 18 February 1970

The Bond

The Bond


Signing up at the age of 16 for a post-primary teacher studentship leading to a B.Sc., I became aware during my first year at Auckland University of a far wider range of possible course and careers.

My 1965, 1967 and 1968 efforts to bring about nothing more difficult than a change of course were blocked automatically. With Departmental pressure on my parents increasing each time. I returned unhappily to my scientific studies with predictable results. I spent a year in the then Special Maths-Science" training college course—now revamped as Division D but still a two-year mixture of girls from the Lower Sixth and University dropouts from Division U—and then, making regular Bond repayments, returned briefly to University.

I was fortunate last year to obtain a teaching position at Cashmere High School in Christchurch. During the first term, until the correspondence columns of the Christchurch Press came to my aid. I was receiving through the school office Departmental demands for immediate repayment of slightly more than my annual net salary.

I wish to teach and continue teaching: I would not attempt to dissuade anyone from the profession and I acknowledge the monetary advantages that the Bond offers, But it is perfectly possible to put oneself through Varsity, choosing one's own course and leaving oneself unbounded, I wish I had realised this the easy way, rather than painfully.

Ken McAllister