A special meeting of the Committee was held on the evening of the Bth inst, to consider certain complaints made by a householder against the way in which the master of the Side school was attending to the teaching of two of the'householder's family, and also to further consider other matters pertaining to theseventh standard. Present—Messrs P. Stewart (Chairman). D. Leddy, C. Hill, J. Doak, G. Tait, and Jas. Brown. The Chairman laid on the table the reports for the last three years. He read the master's explanation of the matter complained of, such complaint being that a girl should have been presented by the master at last examination and on account of his not having done so, the girl's education had been greatly retarded. After careful examination of the reports and due consideration of the question, it was unanimously resolved "That the master's explanation is quite satisfactory, so far as lie himself is concerned, seeing that he had done his duty by placing the child on the list for examination and is now teaching according to instructions given him by the Inspector.' In "the case of a boy, the master stated that he worked the school in accordance with ft time table—which was laid before the Committee—given by Mr Petrie, and approved of by the Inspector, which allowed the preparatory class to be taught by a monitor. This was not always done, but it was generally so, and he believed with as good 1 results as if he attended to the matter himself. Resolved " That the boy's case is not of such importance, at the present time, as to need the interference of the Committee in the matter. With regard to the VII Standard the following motion was unanimously agreed to : " That as a difference of opinion has arisen in .the Committee respecting the VII Standard, the Board of Education be requested to inform the Committee on the following questions :— 1st —" Is a master justified in teaching the VII Standard aiong with the VI, When in so doing ho makes the VII Standard go over the same subjects as it went over the previous year, and in which they, as pupils of the VI, have already been passed by the Inspectors?" 2nd—''What are the subjects that should be taught in the VII Standard, i beaming in mind that this school is a country school?" 3rd—•' Has the Committee any voice in the selection of the subjects, or are they such as the master may choose to teach (leaving religion out of the question), and must they be confined strictly to such subjects and books as are mentioned in the Regulations of the Order-in-Oouncil of the sth July, 188??'
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890
Wakanui School. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890
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