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Going to University

Koenraad Kuiper

In the best of all possible worlds, so goes the myth, students go to university because of their ability and interest, and the subjects they choose they choose for the same two reasons. Because of our egalitarianism and because New Zealand offers equal educational opportunity to ale it is tempting to think that New Zealand university students are drawn from a cross section of society. Particularly we might hope that the school you went to would have a negligible effect on your getting to university and what you do when you get there. But this isn't so and we can see that it isn't so by looking at a class of potential university students as they make their way from the third form, through the Entrance Board examinations and on into the first year of university study.

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