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MINISTER FOR EDUCATION.

TAURANGA DEPUTATION. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) TAURANGA, Wednesday. Tho Minister of Education. Hon. O. Fowlds, inspected the school at Gate Pa, and the very overcrowded state of the school was pointed out to him. The Minister informed the people interested that the school was vested in the Auckland Education Board so far as control went.

The Minister al*o visited Papamoa Native school, where ho was again met by the cry of accommodation wanted.

Before he left Tauranga. the was waited on by a deputation, who put forward a case for the establishment of a school at Pacngaroa.

There were numerous deputations to the Minister on Tuesday night. The Minister heard the representatives in the Borough Chambers.

The Chairman of the County Council (Mr. Davidson) represented to the Minister the needs of the district by way of roads and bridges, and also spoke on matters of Native and unclaimed lands.

The proposed Tauranga Harbour Board Bill iwae dealt with by Mr. W. Barnett, the chairman of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.

In representing railway matters to the Minister, Mr. G. A. Ward spoke of the merits of the Waihi-Tauranga-Gisborne route. The Mayor of Tauranga (Mr. J. Bull) informed the Minister that it was the wish of the Council that the Government should guarantee a loan of £12.000 for the Borough water supply. He also referred to the matter of the formation of the Kaimai-rov-ul.

In reply to the various deputations, the Minister said that the representations of the deputations would he communicated by him to the Ministers under whose control they came. He sympathised with them, and expressed the opinion that the Tauranga people had in the past been too modest in. their requests.

THAMES DEPUTATIONS. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) THAMES, this day. A deputation waited upon the Hon. Geo. Fowlds from the Thames branch of the Aucklaud Educational Institute, and discussed Standard VI. proficiency certificate examination, better definition of ctmpetency certificates, swimming, and matters in connection with school cadet movement.

The Minister, in the course of his reply; said the present syllabus was quite a revolution when Introduced, and the defects pointed out were not defects in the syllabus but in the interpretation of it. He believed that centralisation cf the inspectorate would be beneficial. He agreed that for proficiency certificates there should be a uniform examination throughout the Dominion. With regard to swimming, tho suggestion that all standards from VI. to 111. should earn capitation would have favourable consideration.

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MINISTER FOR EDUCATION. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909

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