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The Education Board's Functions

At the meeting of the Board of Education yesterday, ilr C. H. Opie moved— "That m matters of dispute between the Board and the Education Department, if it become necessary that the InspectorGeneral should visit any of the schools m the Board's district, notice cf that Jviat should be given to the Chairman of the Board." It had always been a matter of wonder to him why the Department should trench upon the work of the Board. This attempt at centralisation was now spreading ; they could not erect a school or select a site without consulting the Department. This, he considered, was a grave mistake, as the Board could surely better do the work than the Department. The Board, he felt sure, could well be trusted to expend the funds placed at their disposal with care and effect. That mistakes had been made m the early history of the Board might be true, but that was no reason why the present Board should be pnnished. With reference to the Kincaid Down school, the Board was stopped by the Department, but it had been found on further enquiry that the Board was right, and that the school was . required. He thought some steps should be taken to stop the encroachment of the Department on the work of the Board. Mr C. A, C. Efardy, M.H.R., seconded the motion. He did not think it was a proper thing that the Inspector-General should shut himself up m Wellington, aud only come out when urged by a local member of Parliament. He was afraid that the Education Department was going to be used m the way which it was alleged the Police Department was. He objeoted to political interference. It was the duty of the Inspector-General, and the Minister also, to go round and see whether the Boards were doing their duty properly. If they were not, then the inattar should be referred to Parliament. The Board would remember that they wished to increase the accommodation at the Waltham school, but the Department would not allow them. Then down came the Minister, and said: " Oh | you don't only want one class-room ; you want two or three." The Minister was attended by some members of Parliament, but their Chairman was not asked to be there. Nor, they might be perfectly certain, was he (Mr Hardy) asked. (Laughter.) What the Board felt proud of was that they had never introduced politics at that table, but if the hon. the Minister, wanted politics discussed then he should have them. He (Mr Hardy) said if the Boards throughout the colony were not doing their duty, or would not do it, then let them be wiped out. He considered that it was quite time that the whole of the Boards of the colony rose up and said distinctly that they would not have the Minister coming down and promising thousands and thousands of pounds hero, there, and everywhere. It was quite time this was put a stop to, and they should do it.

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The Education Board's Functions, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905

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The Education Board's Functions Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905