POLLING FOB CHEVIOT.
The polling for Cheviot took place on Saturday last. We have received the following return of the state of the poll, which,, though unofficial, is believed, to- be correct. Aβ will be seen from that, Mr Leonard ! Harper has been returned by a majority of i twenty over his opponent, Mr J. Ward. The I following are the details of the polling:— I Harper. Ward. * Kaikcrara ... 27 ... 65 Waiau ... 32 ... 8 " Cheviot... ... 7 ... 3 Glehmark .. 30 ... 0 90 76 Majority for Mr Harper .20 ■ The offloial declaration will be made on .Wednesday next, at Kaikoura. CONFBBENCE OF CERTIFICATED TEACHBBB. . • ■ It has long been felt by members of the scholastic profession in New Zealand that there was urgent need of some stronger bond of union amongst them than has hitherto existed. Associations, indeed, have been act on foot, and carried on with varying degrees of success, in Auckland, Wellington. Nelson, Canterbury, and Otago, but they have been almost powerless to effect anything for the interests of the teachers: the local educational authorities either ignore them altogether or treat them with polite contempt, and the frequent changes which have taken place in school matters have been carried out without consulting them in any way as if their opinions were unworthy of notice. In this province the settlement among us of several teachers from home who were able to enlighten their colonial brethren as to how matters are managed there'has largely contributed to the success of the Canterbury Association.
At a recent meeting of the latter it was determined to invite delegates from the sister provinces to meet in Christchurch, and although very little time was available for making arrangements, the Wellington town teachers called the country teachers together, end elected Messrs Newlyn and Holmes to represent them; Mr Mowbray, president of their association, also attended, by special request. Mr Worthington, head master of City East school, represented Auckland. Otago and the remaining associations wrote expressing their cordial sympathy with the objects of the Conference, and regretting that the shortness of the notice prevented them from sending delegates. Preliminary meetings having been held during the week to arrange the course of business, the Can* terbury Association held a special meeting on Saturday at Durham street school. I
Mr - Cumberworth, president, took the chair at 1.30, and briefly introduced the delegates. The secretary having read the correspondence, and explained the action which the Canterbury Association had taken,
Mr Hill (Christehurch east) moved, and Mr Newlyn (Wellington) seconded the first resolution, as follows:—"That it is desirable, in order to protect the interests of teachers in the approaching changes in educational matters, to unite the various district associations under the name of " The Certificated Teachers' Association of New Zi aland."
This was agreed to, and the following series of resolutions were afterwards discussed and carried, being nearly identical with those previously adopted by the Wellington Association.
Moved by Mr J. H. Newlyn, and seconded by Mr G. Newell Phillips—"That the repeated examinations which teachers are compelled to undergo when removing from one province to another are inconvenient and unfair to the profession, and should give place to uniform certificates for the colony. The certificates to be issued by a Central Board of Examiners."
Moved by Mr Baldwin, and seconded by Mr Sonter—''That this Conference desires, on behalf of the scholastic profession in New Zealand, to see teachers placed upon the same footing as civil servants."
Moved bj Mr Watkin, and seconded by Mr Baldwin—" That this Conference thanks Mr Newlyn for continuing the publication of the "Educational Gazette," and pledges itself to support the paper, ac an organ for the expression of teachers' opinion. Ace." Moved by Mr Newlyn, and seconded by Mr Mowbray—"Tbat the next colonial Conference of teachers be held in Wellington daring the first week of January, 1877."
Moved by Mr Newlyn, and seconded by Mr Holmes—"That the office-bearers of the different Teachers , Associations be the committee for the Central Association, and tbat the office-bearers present to requested to act as a working committee."
A vote of thanka te the chairman closed the proceedings.
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THE ELECTIONS., Press, Volume XXV, Issue 3233, 11 January 1876
THE ELECTIONS. Press, Volume XXV, Issue 3233, 11 January 1876
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