APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL TEACHERS.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir,—Your article on 'The Rights and Privileges of School Committees' was just in time, and is calculated to do good. I am not a teacher, but in my lodgings I meet several young teachers and students (shrewd, sharp fellows they are), and hear them talk of affairs in general, and for some time back school committees in particular. The cumulative vote is their abhorrence, and it was amusing and instructive to watch how they ferreted out what the "plumpers" went In for. How one man had a "down" on the head-master or an assistant; how another had a son who wanted an expected vacancy; how another was a born educationist—and so on, independent of education. The great interest now is the appointment of teachers, and they do open your eyes. The Outram Committee are before the public as a wholly disinterested and publicspirited body. They had no appointment pending, and so they drew up a wonderfully lucid resolution and sent it round the country, and committees are jumping at it as if it were a bunch of carrots. I must except those of Union street and George street, however, whose members think for themselves, and also Port Chalmers, which elects to " go alone," as it tells Outram, and plays its own little game. If you wish to judgo a stream trace it from its fountain head, and if you wish to judge this stream of resolutions pouring in on the devoted Board go to Kelso. Look tX the Kelso grievance ; remember that the clan Grant muster strongly in Outram ; and then you will see whether the proposer of the resolution was so very disinterested after all. Let the Board reject the son, daughter, nephew, or cousin of a committeeman of a certain sort and he smites them hip and thigh. Look at Sandymount, and you will find the same cause of offence. There is great sympathy for the Middle District people. They had made a great mess of trying to get in their individual friends, and they meant to do well next time, but tho Board send them only threo names, and the Committee are practically sold to Port Chalmers. Port Chalmers needs a vacancy, and the Middle District provides it, but on finding out the sell naturally protest that the Board did not treat them well. Thus Port Chalmers fools the Board every time. They have two pupil-teachers who are just out of their time and have no certificate. They are told to apply for certain places, and although teachers with higher certificates apply also, Port Chalmers gets it in both cases. The Milton rector is not to be defrauded, however. He means to do well by his school, and, like a man, he protests, and for once the Port goes under. The Port game is seen by tho bystanders us soon as the Middle District plays into its hands. It is at once known that a young man, well connected with ruling powers in Port, is to get the vacancy, although ho has no certificate, if tho Board can be induced to send down his name. The Board have a hazy idea that there is something wrong, but the inducement is there—the name is sent down. The young man is appointed, as everybody knew ho would bo, and the Committee protest, man to man, that the Board have not used them well. Look at your own report, Mr Editor. Present—A. Thomson, C. de L. Graham, J. Stevenson, W. Elder, J. Watson. A certain candidate is reported to have interviewed the Committee. "Mr Graham felt astonished at that gentleman's name not appearing amongst the candidates submitted to the Committee " "Mr Elder was very much astonished that his namo did not appear amongst those sent down. Tho chairman was of opinion that the Board had gone to the extreme in limiting the number of candidates to three. He thought at least six names should be sent." Mr J. Stevenson considered that the Board had not acted fairly by the Committee, knowing that there was a more eligible candidate than those sent in not forwarding his name to the Committee." Mr Chilton, the rector to whom the credentials of the candidates had been sent, forwarded a report on their qualifications, which he stated was a confidential one to the Committee, and not to be handed to any member of the Press,
A ballot having been taken, the chairman declared "the local candidate" unanimously elected. And eo ended this farce of election, it was thought; but your article has opened my eyes, and I find it is not an election at all. Tho Board were only consulting the Committeo, and by a decided majority the Committee have declared with the highest qualifications, although in their astonishment they recommend the one with the lowest. They are fooling tho Board. The whole thing is scandalous, and it is hoped the Board will treat them as they deserve, and do their duty to the school, to the school staff, and to their teachers generally by appointing the candidate who has the highest standing, even although his name was not sent to the Committee. I know that it would produce general satisfaction among tho young teachers especially, and increase the confidence in the Board, if it would thus deal with the so-called rights and privileges of committeemen. All honor to Union street and George street for the manner in which they dealt with the disinterested resolution from Oatram.— I am, etc., An Onlooker,
Dunedin, June 14,
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APPOINTMENT OF SCHOOL TEACHERS., Evening Star, Issue 7937, 19 June 1889
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