The Ashburton Guardian. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1881. The Education Board.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.]
School Committees are just now required to nominate gentlemen for the vacancies that occur in ordinary course on the Education Board of South Canterbury, and also for a vacancy that the death of Mr. A. Duncan has caused. At the meeting of the Ashburton School Committee last night it was pointed out that this county had really no representative on the Board at all, and with a view to having a member who would lake a special interest in educational matters in this county, the Committee decided if possible to obtain the consent to nomination of Alfred Saunders, Esq., M. H.R., whose well-known lively interest in all matters appertaining to education, and his connection with Ashburton, made him a very desirable “ friend in Court” to have upon the Board. Mr. Ward, the Secretary, spoke very highly of the value Mr. Saunders’ services had been to this county while, in past years, he ivas a member of the Board of Education, and it was remarked that, when the number of School Committees within the county was considered, there would be no difficulty in securing Mr. Saunders’ election, il the Committees were unanimous. We believe it only wants to be pomted out to the Ashburton Committees that this district is without a representative at the Board, and that most of the members of it are Christchurch gentlemen, to bring about the election of one member at least who shall be acquainted with the wants and wishes of the county, the votes of whose Committees returned him. We believe that most of the School Committees are satisfied of Mr. Saunders’ peculiar fitness for the position the Ashburton Committee desire him to fill, and it is to be hoped he will see his way to give his consent to nomination. There are few men in the county who can afford the time demanded of a Board member, but there are none who have been so closely connected with the educational history of the colony, as has been Mr. Alfred Saunders. En passant, we might remark that the Nelson Education Act has been the model for most of the Provincial Education Acts in New Zealand, and the existing general Act incorporates all the good points of the Nelson measure, of which Mr. Saunders was the originator, so that we are not giving him too much credit when we call him the father of the education policy of the colony. It must be gratifying to the old advocate of a free and liberal education to look back upon the bitter opposition his Nelson measure met in certain quarters, and find its main provisions to-day the law of the land, while the Hon. William Fox spoke of the old Provincial Act as the most perfect Education measure he had ever seen. Time, of course, has altered the colony’s circumstances, and rendered obsolete many of the provisions of the Nelson measure, but the main principles of it still survive in the system now in use throughout the colon v.
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