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The rural course included in the programme of the Petone High School baa evidently not beeD verysuccessful, says Wednesday's "Dominion," for at yesterday's meeting of the Wellington Education Boird, the < hief Inspector (Mr T. R. Fleming) reported that the headmaster had sent in an amended programme which he asked leave to substitute during the coming year for that laid down by the Board. It will bo remembered that in 1912 at the request of the Petone school Coramitee, the Education Board decided to give a trial to a rural course, but, after a year's operation, the in spectors do not think that results war rant its continuance. It appears that, formerly, excellent work was done by the staff in Civil Service and matricu lation woik, but since tbe adoption of the agricultural course this work has been interfered witb, and a number of soholars who would like to site for matriculation examination have gone to other schools. The headmaster's proposal practically meant reverting to tbe old programme, substituting pby eioa and chemistry for the agricultural ocuree.

Some discussion resulted in view of tbe fact that the school committee bai been very strongly in favour of inst ■ tuting agriculture in the school syllabus. Mr Moss thought that it was to be regretted that more support had not been given to the rural course. It was decided to refer the new pro gramme to tbe School Committee be fore adopting it.

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RURAL CLASSES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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RURAL CLASSES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 3 February 1914

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