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Study's Corroborate Student Research Claims

Media Release

25th October 1999.

University Study's Corroborate Student Research Claims

Newly released studies from Auckland University and Victoria University have backed up the findings of a Student Association Research Project conducted in 1998.

"Last year the APSU Student Union and NZUSA released their report "The Myth of Equal Opportunity" which looked at wealth as a determinant of tertiary education participation" said APSU Student Union President John Barkess.

"Our findings showed clearly that the National Governments supposed equal education opportunities did not exist."

"Through an analysis of students last attendance at secondary education institutions, we showed only 1 in 16 students from New Zealands poorest schools went on to tertiary education."

"Now that two University's have said the same thing, perhaps we will now be taken seriously," said Mr Barkess.

"The National Student Bodies have been trying for the last five years to point out the problems surrounding our current tertiary education funding system. In light of the new evidence we expect the incoming Government to address the imbalance in our society."

Ends

For further comments please contact :

John Barkess President Aotearoa Post-compulsory Students Union john.apsu@students.org.nz Ph (04) 4982501 025 756 526 Fax (04) 4996554 PO Box 10-191 WELLINGTON


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