I . 1 A DEARTH OF STUDENTS, l _____ > OARBFUL CONSIDERATION" >rEEDED. 1 The report of Mr. H. A. Milnes, principal of the Auckland Training College, ■ which was presented to 'the Education Board today, drew attention to the fact t that according to the new regulations '• the College should have 100 students in j I training, but there seemed to be no I prospect whatever of having more than "i 50 for the current year. As the regulations threatened a reduction in staff y if the full number was not reached, the ■ position needed careful consideration. ' According to the last departmental re- ; port available, there were 159 pupil ■ teachers in the Auckland, district. At a \ fair estimate about 50 of these should > have been in their last year, and there--5 fore available for entrance to the Train- ; ing College. As a matter of fact, only i eight were admitted. That is to say, • the remainder were presumably appointed ' to assistantships with no further train--1 ing. It was obvious that if this were allowed to go on, the schools would be - staffed with poorly-certificated teachers. • Out of the 758 adult teachers at present - employed by the Board only 65 held "C" 1 certificates; the rest held lower certifi- ■ cates or none at all. Unless steps were f taken to compel all pupil teachers to • come to the College for at least a year, - Mr. Milnes saw little prospect of an • improvement in status. The pupil ; tsachers themselves could not realise that ! it was to their ultimate advantage to E enter the College, and so missed an • immediate rise of salary which often doubled their allowances a,s pupil tea- ! chers. That they recognise it later was i shown by the fact that last year 16 ; students gave up their posts, carrying i good salaries, to come to the College and i try to raise their certificates. Oα the proposition of Mr. Garland, it , was resolved that the report be received, ! and the matter referred to the Executive « Committee and the Chief Inspector, with • the recommendations contained iv Mr. i Milnes's report that pupil teachers be • required to attend the Training College ' for one or two years. It was also resolved to sen<J a copy of tie report to , t_a 3_an_t«r of. E&uee/teau. i &
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