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SCHOOL COMMITTEES.

A meeting of the Anderson Bay School Committee was held on the 31st ult., and was attended by the whole of the members. The question of prizes came up for consideration. Mr White moved and Mr Ross seconded—" That prizes be abolished, and that in lieu thereof certificates of merit be granted to scholars obtaining a fixed percentage. Certificates to be granted for results in class work and examinations."— Carried unanimously. The Rev. A. Cameron moved in the direction of allocating scholarships, and quoted statistics in support of the theory that country districts were at a disadvantage. A long discussion ensued, and ultimately on the motion of Mr Cameron it was carried unanimously—"That in order to increase the number of junior scholarships the Education Board bo asked to consider the question of granting £ for £ to the extent of LlO to any school or schools which may guarantee to contribute that sum for two years, with a view to offering scholarships for competition under the Board's reeulations to pupils of the contributing school or schools. In the case of country schools a further grant of £ for £ to the extent of LlO be made towards board and lodgings." It was agreed to put the compulsory attendance clauses of the Act in operation. The monthly meeting of the Union street School Committee was held last night, when there were present—Messrs J. L. Gillies (chairman), W. Swan, J. M'Laren, D. Heenan, I. Selby, J. Jackson, and J. Duthie (secretary).—The janitor's report stated that about 100 ft of clay piping had been found under the ground, and, along with bricks and sand kindly supplied by Messrs Duthie, it had been utilised in improving the drainage of the ground. Report received.— The Outram School Committee wrote stating that they had passed a resolution desiring members of the Education Board, at their next meeting, to support Mr M'Keuzie'a motion to have the resolutions' of March 20 re the appointment of teachers revoked. Mr Swan agreed with the opinion expressed in the resolution, and moved—" That this Committee support the resolutions of the Outram School Committee." This was not seconded. During a conversational discussion the opinion was generally expressed that only three names were not sufficient, and that at least five names should be submitted. Mr M'Laren moved—"That the number of candidates selected by the Education Board should be increased from three to five. Carried.—The Chairman drew attention to a copy of Mr Fisher's Education Bill, but as he believed that it was not to be gone on with he did not think it was necessary to discuss it. Ho had gone thruigh it, and for his part he though i there were only two improvements in it—-

one referring to the mode of election of I school committees, and the other to the anditiug of the accounts. He had, however, a decided objection to a great many of tho other matters, as the main principle running through them seemed to be to centre the power in the Ministei's hands—a proposal which, if adopted, would work most mischievously.—The inspectors' report on the school was submitted. It showed that in the recent examination 90 per cent, of the school had passed.—The head-master reported that the numbers on the roll for last month were—Boys, 373; girls, 327 ; total, 700. The monthly meeting of the Macandrew road School Committee last evening was attended by Messrs Hog:; (eb;\iniuui), Hallam, Chetwin, Logic, Fishir, and Dodds. —The headmaster reported that the number on the roll was GDI, and the average attendance for the month of May was .">!)0. He also stated that the play-ground required some repairs, so as to make it suitable for the children to play on. This was referred to the Works Committee.—lnspector Pi-trie intimated that the annual examination would take place on the 7th inbt —The sanitary contract was left iu the hands of the secretary to arrange. The circular from the ! Outram School Committee *as considered, and a resolution in similar terms to the one passed by that body was carried unanimously, the secretary being instructed to forward copies thereof to Mr M'Kenzie and the Education Board. At last night's meeting of the Mosgiel Committee Mr Doy raised the question of religious instruction by asking the Rev. Mr M'Kerrow whether he gave this instruction during or after school hours. Mr M'Kerrow said that he had taken up the work just as the Rev. Mr Sutherland had left it. It was the action of a former committee to allow the instruction to begin at three o'clock, and that hour had been adhered to ever since. The Education Act required that a certain number of hours be set apart for tchool hours, at least four hours per day, and these hours were set apart. Mr Dey understood that the school hours were from 9.30 to 12, and from 1 to .'{.3o, and any religious instruction should be given before or after those hours. The Chairman said that apparently it had been the custom of the school to allow the religious instruction to be given at three o'clock. If the instruction were not g : ven until half-past three the children would not stay, If the Committee wished the religious instruction to be continued they bad better allow the school hours to remain as they were.—ln reference to the circular of the Outram Committee, Mr J. H. Murdoch said he considered the resolution passed by the Board calculated to limit the powers of the Committee to a very great extent. There might be twelve suitable applicants, yet the Board wished to send only three of these names to the Committee. He proposed that the action of the Outram School Committee be endorsed. Mr Miller, in seconding, protested .against the action of the Board. He supposed the next thing the Board would do would be to limit the choice of the Committee to one, in other words appoint the teachers themselves. Mr M'Kerrow thought the Committee should not take any action in the matter. He thought it was not a bad idea to limit the number of names sent to their committees. It would have been a great relief to their minds, at least it would have been to his, if the names had been limited to three on the last four occasions upon which they had been called upon to appoint teachers. He would greatly prefer that much the greater portion of the work be done by the Education Board, and they simply to send down three names, as proposed. Mr Dey considered that Mr Murdoch and Mr Miller were quite right in supporting the resolutions of the Outram Committee. It might be all very well for the Education Board to do the work, but their work might not suit the Committee. He believed school committees had quite suflicient discriminatory power to enable them to do their duties without the number of candidates being reduced to three. He believed in having the names of all the eligible candidates forwarded to the Committee. If there were any of the Committee who were not prepared to do the work set before them, then they should not be on the Committee. If the names were now limited to three, the number would soon come down to one. The resolution was carried, only Messrs Crosbie and M'Kerrow voting against it.—The Committee propose enforcing the compulsory clauses of the Act.—' Advocate.'

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES., Evening Star, Issue 7925, 5 June 1889

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