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SCHOOL COMMITTEES.

TO TIIK EDITOR.

Sir, —You have been pleased to bestow a leader on school committees and their privileges, and in the course of it you allude to the doings of the Kaikorai School Committee; then you refer to the role of the Outran) School Committee re their action taken in referenco to the notice of motion tabled by Mr M'Kenzie at the last meeting of the Otago Education Board, The motion in question is to rescind a previous motion passed by the Board limiting the number of applicants for any school to three. The Outram Committee characterises the action of the Board as an injustice to teachers and committees, and the strain of your article throughout is ridicule of that committee. You speak of their iesolution as containing sounding phrases, and of the Committee itself as capable of giving " authoritative explanations," as an " oracle," a " prodigy," a " source of enlightment," etc., etc. The Committee can afford to laugh at such sneers, and will j survive them. You will require other i thunderbolts to kill them and to convince j others that their action is uncalled for aud j wrong. _ ! Since you have become the champion of j the Board why do you not take the real j point at issue in the circular of tie Outram | Committee ; you avoided it as if on pur-. pose. Provided the Board be let alone the i writer is content the interests of committees j in the matter may go to the winds. The j Board are not invulnerable either in this I matter, for they have shirked one of their | most important duties. Well, tho action of the Outram Committee has done good even lin that respect. You have found thia out, j but it is surprising that the discovery has been so long delayed. You allow that by the Act committees are to be consulted by tho Board. Why ? It looks very like that it is just for the very purpose that you condemn so strongly, if the Act gives them the right to help in tho selection of a teacher. On what ground of fairnces, then, can the Board withhold the names of all applicants having the necessary qualifications from applying ? Is u right or is it wrong for a teacher to aspire to a higher position in his profession or to better his circumstances when there is an opening for him to do so. All other professions are not debarred by an arbitrary and heartless rule such as that passed by the Education Board in March last. Have good selections j been made in the past ? If so, the Com- J mittees may be congratulated in the successful exercise of their just rights, and the cause of education is indebted to them for the interest and care they take that good men get good places. It is also to be hoped that the buttonholing by members of the Board in tho interests of Board favorites for placeß are not at all successful. Tho very fact that such a charge can be made in a newspaper article against the conduct of a public body will, in the opinion of moit people, be a very strong argument that the committees should have all tho candidates to select from and not merely the nominee of a member of the Board thruet on them. You forget entirely that under the Act the B'J.ud are the creatures of the committees, and that the committees, without the Board resigning in a body, as you say, can change the constitution or personality by a very simple and gradual process if the former persist in a line of conduct which has met with the disapproval of audi a larpe number of committees. There is nothing more certain than that Bitch a chauge shall be forthcoming. Here I might adopt, with a little variation, a paragraph that appeared in the 'Times' of June 14, 18S9, from the pen of Dr G. Maedonidd, which was to the effect that tho " Legislature was the public in concrete form," and could he changed if its doings were not in accord with tho public interests. Substitute the Board for " Legislature " and committee for " public," and the meaning fits in correctly, You express a hope that the majority of the Board will abide by the position they have taken up. The liberty you claim for yourself you will surely concede to me, and I hope that if the Board are not unanimous a largo majority will see that they have taken a false step, and that like men of sense they will retrace it. The fact you object to is simply correct: that the Board send qualified teachers to the committees, and the committees spket and the Board confirms the action of the committee. The undignified position you complain of is that conferred on both tho Board and committees by Act of Parliament.—l am, etc., Subscriber. Moegiel, Juno 17.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES., Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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SCHOOL COMMITTEES. Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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