Observer, Volume XI, Issue 671, 7 November 1891, Page 7
The Minister of Education was recalled South, after being only a few days in town.
Messrs Moat and Cooper were absent from last meet ing of the Board of Education.
Fruits of the new staff scale introduced - Three extra assistant teachers wanted for City schools.
Several city teachers have been most assiduously interviewing the Minister of Education and the Inspector General of Schools while in Auckland.
The Hon. W. P. Reeves has inspected the Truant School, but will not express an opinion upon the principle of establishing such schools.
Wkhjesley- street School children tell queer tales of a ' row ' between two of the teachers. That school appears to be the worst disciplined in town.
Yet another lady teacher under the Auckland Board — Miss M. J. Carley, Te Rahu — has resigned, and three — Misses M. A. Smith, M. Hoe and J. Bower— have got leave of absence on account of illness.
School Teacher : ' Now, Bobbie, spell ' needle.' ' Bobbie: ' N-e-i-d-1-e.' School Teacher : ' Wrong ; there's no 'i' in needle.' Bobbie : ' Well, 'taint a good needle, then.'
Queensland Teachers' Union delegates object to the publication of teachers' salar.es in the blue-book, on the ground that anybody could run and see how much the young idea-raiser got. Afraid of having the big salaries cut down, probably.
Me Muir has his eye on these ' puzzle questions ' aßked by the Board's Inspectors at examinations ; but Mr Lennox thinks nothing can be done until they get a new Act of Parliament. Wrong again ; you could saok the puzzle-mongers !
Within a brief space, three male teachers in New South Wales have been punished for criminally assaulting girls under their care. Tho last wretch convicted got eight years' penal servitude. Some people argue, from the frequency of such cases, that only female teachers should have charge of mixed sohools.
The City and .Suburban School Committees want to have votes for the election of Board members, in the following proportion :— City, 25 votes; Ponsonby, 11; Newton, 12 ; ParneU, 6 ; Grafton, 6, and so on. Of course the Country Committees are only to have one vote each, under this most ' equitable ' scheme, which is designed to restore the bad old predominance of the town gang, who so grossly mismanaged affairs in the past.
The High Priest of Cumulative Voting Of all the trades e'er tried by ' blades,' The best one is the law ; Thetools are cheap, the wages steep, The stock in trade is ' jaw.'
When work is slack, the stomach track, Stagnation oft will cool ; But friend in need ia friend indeed — Employment comes from ' school.' Hail, ' worthy ' chief, and save from grief An impecunious ' blade ;' You find the cash, however rash, He'll ' run ' your little trade.