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WELLINGTON, • April 29. __ Country schools are always at °a disadvantage compared with town schools in the educational methods which can be adopted, but the Hon. J. A. Hanan- outlined a system to be shortly 'brought into force which will to a great extent bring to these isolated Echools some of the - advantages,, which they now lack. It will be an attempt to level up the educational standard of small schools by giving them the occasional services of first-class teachers of wide experience. The teachers will welcome the help which is to be given to them under the new system. " Most of the very small schools are in outlying districts, which can only be visited at long intervals by the inspectors," explained the Minister. "The inspector, as a rule, can only spend a short time to give the necessary guidance and help to the country teacher, yet the work of those schools is of vital importance, as they represent the only educational medium available for the children. Town children have many advantages which the children of these oounfcrv schools do not enjoy, and as it is essential that the education in the small schools should be made as efficient as possible, it is proposed to appoint organising teachers- to take control of groups of five country schools situated in tho same district. The duty of the organising teacher will be to draw up schemes of work, arrange the organisation of the school, set out the best methods of teaching, and to demonstrate to the teachers how all these minrht be carried into effect. The office will not be an inspector merely, but will actually remain in the school for a Hifiek. if necessary, to actually show the teacher how to carry out the work. The responsibility of the school teacher for the execution of his- work will nob be interfered with, but at the same time the organising teacher will have a general responsibility of seeing that progress is made, and that efficient ami suitable teaching methods are adopted. " The intention is to secure for these positions," continued the TTon. J. A. IHanan. "teachers with wide and successful experience in country school voerk. They must also have organising ability and the temperament and Qualifications necessary for guiding and stimulating the work of others. "They will supplement the work of the inspectors, who. after satisfying themselves that the pjans set in operation by the organising teacher in his gronn of schools are satisfactory, will be able to rest assured that during their absence there will be a skilled and practical teacher helping to carry out approved methods. Of course the inspector's visits and examinations will continue as before. The Education Department expects that at least 30 organising teachers will be reauired. The appointments will be made by the Education Boards, under whose control they are, su-bicct to the Minister's approval, which applies only to the organising - teachers.

" I am satisfied, after visits to country districts, that there is need for some assistance in the direction I have indicated. I am very anxious that the standard of education in the country schools shall not suffer through their isolated position, and this-system-will really <rive them the "benefits of a trainins college in miniature, where the teachers will be trained in the midst of their work, and will have the" guidance and help of an expert all the time. The organising teacher will also be ablo to bring his teachers together for lectures if necessary, and we shall ask tho organising teacher to direct the studies of uncertificated teachers."

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COUNTRY SCHOOLS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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COUNTRY SCHOOLS Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919