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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—One aspect of the question re the appointment of teachers, discussed at the Schools' Conference on Tuesday evening, which I had intended to have referred to—but while speaking it escaped my memory, and for which I now crave a small Bpace—and that is, the difference oi the functions of the two bodies—the Board and Committees. The one represents the community of interests ; the other the individual or selfish aspect. The latter have only the interest of their own individual Bchooh to consider; the other have entrusted to them the conservation of the interests of education generally, and ought to be the beßt judges of now their staff can bs most efficiently applied. In my opinion the repeated changing of teachers, so prevalent in the past few years, has not been in the interests of education generally. Teachers in country districts are anxious to obtain town appointments, and who can blame them under the system of grading or classification that has been adopted? Attendance upon university classes, with a paBS secured, carries with it an "unearned increment" which, naturally enough, teachers aro anxious to get a share of. Ido not despise such attendance, nor do I think that teachers can be too highly educated, but experience has amply demonstrated that the gift of being able to teach successfully in our common Bchools by no means follows or depends upon a university training. My observation has led me to form rather the contrary opinion— viz., that it tends to destroy the faculty for being a successful teacher in our elementary schools, whatever advantage it may possess in preparing teachers for out higher schools. Let the grading of teachers be based upon their aotual success in the performance of their work as teachers, and not upon their own scholastic attainments, and I venture to think there would be fewer changes, and the cause of education generally be better accomplished in our elementary schoolß. I am, etc., Joh.v L. Gilliks. Dunedin, June 19.

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APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS., Evening Star, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889

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APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS. Evening Star, Issue 7938, 20 June 1889