At the usual monthly meeting of the .education Board, held yesterday, the following business of local interest w^,s, transacted; — £^$ ALFORD FOREST, A memorial was received, from house-* holders in the Alford Forest district, asking for a side-school, and was, referred to the School Committee for their report. WINCHIKORE. The report, which was adopted, 'staled that it. had bern resolved to.-build a schoolroom' at "Winchmore on Reserve 1401 as soon as funds are available.'' appointments. The following appointments 'were reported ; —Little Biver side school. Miss E. A. Wallace, mistress ; Little Akaloa main school, Mrs H. L. Smith, mistress ; Longbeach, Miss M. A. Hepworth, miS' tress; Hurunui, Miss Annie Dateiel, mistress, ■■' • FREE PASSES TO DENOMINATIONAL SCHOOLS. The discussion was resumed on the following motion proposed by Mr Meredith at the last meeting:—" That in the opinion of this Board the conveyance of soholars tq any denqminat4o.n,al school at the public expense is, clearty an appro* priation of State revenue for-sectarian purposes, and is consequently an axit of oppression and injustice to ererj: tax-payer ; is contrary to the letter and spirit of the present Education Act; is at variance with the conditions of the New Zealand Constitution, and repugnant to every true principle of religious equality." Mr Meredith explained that he was nqfc oppqs* ing denominational education as such, but he objected W the State aiditxg lie-, j nominational education, which hadjentirely failed in educating the masses,. It must be admitted that denominational schools, were, antagonistic Jx> the present State sy&teitt, and he, was therefore op-pos.ed-to exceptional legislation in favor of those schools. The present attempts were but the thin end of the Avedge, and were deigned to force the Legislature ta jfecognise the priuoiple of; ft'tat? wl fos
denominational schools. Were this once recognised, the demands of the supporters of those schools would increase more and more, antil the St.ate system was destroyed. ; Mr Euddenklau Seconded the motion. Mr Westenra considered that MiMeredith had taken a wrong view of the matter. It was not a question of denominutionalism at all, but of the railways. He failed to see why the pupils of private schools should not have the use of the railways in order to attend school, the same as those of the public schools. The Chairman raid that his own private view was that this Board was not the proper place at which to bring the motion forward, as the question was a political one, and the Board was only an administrative, not a legislative body. Mr Meredith replied, and the motion was negatived by four votes to three — ayes, Messrs Meredith, Alison, and Kuddenklau; noes, Messrs Peryman, Weston, Wright,and Westenra. F.OTDS. The Chairman read, a statement of accounts for the half-year ending June 30, showing receipts, £9671 7s 6d ; expenses, £6183 18s; balance to credit, £3487 9s 6d. *
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Education Board., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890
Education Board. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890
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