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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 16. 1972


This year one percent of the New Zealand population studies at a university. An analysis of this one percent tells us that twice as many men as women continue their education university-level. It seems that up to university entrance girls leave school as well qualified as boys. The fall off of girls can be ascribed to various surface factors such as no money or no interest in children, all of which are aspects of the particular roles women have traditionally had in New Zealand society. The creche sees itself as one of the more important social and political levers for making university-education as a community-service some what less of a fiction, because we cater for the children of communists and Truth reporters, unmarried fathers, and mothers of four, gripmen and professors' spouses.

The creche issue is that because of lack of premises and with no provision being made for these in the future university planning a criterion has been adopted to exclude certain students. In this way parent students have been created a minority. As a result only those from materially secure or academically inclined backgrounds can sumount the difficulties imposed by the combination of the necessity to provide material security while seeking further qualifications, education and enlightenment. If no improvement occurs the others will be forced to seek alternatives or less qualified types of education. Our affiliation to the Student Association must be seen as an attempt to include the single male school leaving optimum type student in the larger community of people who are iust that little, bit closer to birth or death.

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