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EDUCATION BOARD., Issue 7938, 20 June 1889
The monthly meeting of the Education Board was held to-day; present—Messrs H. Clark (chairman), M. Fraer, J. M'Kenzie, M.H.R., J. Fulton, M.H.R., J. W. Jago, J. Green, J. Macgregor, Dr Hislop, and the Hon. T. Dick.
THE EXHIBITION. fi'D'. 1 Hislop submitted an interim report of the Committee appointed to consider the matter of sending educational exhibits to the Exhibition, as follows:
Your Committee recommend that the Exhibition (Jomnibsioners be informed that the Education Board ispiepared, as fir as practicable, to give effect to tho request of ;he Commissioners in regard to the supplying of exhibits in the primary instruction division of the Education and Science Court; that the Committee be continued, and that tho officers of the Board and the teachers bo requested to aid tho Committee, as far as in their power, to give effect to tic resolution of the Board to furnish suitable exhibits. John Hislop, Convener. Mr Jauo said he understood that the supplying of these things would not put the Board to any expense. Dr Hislop said Mr Pryde had informed him that he would be able to supply almost all the things required from the Board's stores. The cooperation of all the Board's officers and of teachers also was of course required. He would moveThat the Committee's interim repoit* bo adopted, and that the secretary be directed to inform the chairman of tho Committee of the Education and Science Department that the Board will be glad to give effect as far as practicab'e to the rcquist of the Committee in regard to the supplying of exhibits in the primaiy instruction division of the Education and Science Court of the Exhibition. Mr Jacjo seconded the resolution, which was carried nem. con, accounts. Accounts amounting to L 9.820 Gs were passed for payment. THE UK ill .SCHOOL. Mr Fulton said that in connection with the communication that the Board had sent to the High School Board in reference to obtaining reports from tho rector, he had received a copy of tho form with which the rector supplies parents with reports as to their children. Ho suggested to the rector that similar reports should be sent down to the Board, as that was exactly what was wanted. The rector expressed his willingneaa to do so, but asked for specific instructions from tho Board, and with that view he (the speaker) now brought the matter beforo tho Board. It was resolved that the action of the chairman in connection with tho matter bo approved of. a petty complaint. A letter was received from Mr Findlay, one of the assistants at the Port Chalmers High School, complaining that he had been underpaid when last paid his salary. The Secretary stated that the matter was simply a clerical error in the office, by which tho writer of the letter was underpaid by LI l.'is 4 1, and as soon as the error was pointed out it vas set right. Several members of the Board intimated that the/ had received similar letters from Mr Findlay. Mi-Jaoo said that ho also had received such a letter from Mr Findlay, and must express his decided opinion that it was undesirable that matters should bo brought by private letter under the notice of members of the Board before they had come officially buforo the Board. The writing of such letters was most objectionable, and he took very strong exception to teachers doing anything like this, which tended to bias tho minds of /nembers. On the motion of Dr Hislop, it was resolved—" That Mr Findlay be informed that his communicating directly with individual members of the Board is irregular and moat undesirable, and that it is sufficient in such cases to communicate officially through the secretary." resignations accepted. Angus Marshall, head-teacher, Kakapuaka ; Elizabeth Fuulks, do, Stoneburn; Isabella G. Park, mistress, Portobc-110. appointments mad;!. Marion F. M'Lauchlan, hoad-teacher, Waitahuna; Isabella G. Park, mistress, Portobello ; Ellen Campbell, do, Blacks ; W. H. Reunie, fourth assistant, Port Chalmers ; Charles Robertson, pupil-teacher, Union street; Annio Birch, do, Macacdrew road. LKAVE OF ADSENCE. Leave of absencu during tbo approaching session of Parliament was granted to Messrs M'Keiuie and Fulton. OAMARU NORTH. A letter was received from the above Committee in connection with a complaint by Mr Reid as to his children haviDg been kept in aftnr school hours. It was resolved that a copy of the letter be forwarded to Mr Reid. PORT CFIALMERS. A communication from the Port Chalmers District High School, in reply to Mr Chi!' ton's letter, was miuuted as being rece : ved. the appointment or pupil teachers. Air Jago moved the following resolution, of which he had given notice at the last ineetiDg:—" That a committee, consisting of Dr Hislop, Mr Macgregor, Mr Green, and the mover, be appointed to confer with the inspectors and report .as to whether any alteration is desirable or possible in the present method of selecting and appointing pupil-teachers." In so doing he said that it was in his knowledge that there was considerable dissatisfaction with the mode of selecting and appointing pupil-teachers ut present adopted, and it was with the object of removing this feeling that he brought forward bis motion. Mr Fraer seconded the motion, which was carried mm. con. TnE APPOINTMENT OF TEACHERS. Mr M'Kknzie said that prior to moving the resolution of which he gava notice at last meeting, dealing with the appointment of teachers, he would remark that he had ieceived freni school committees a large number of communications on the subject, and he believed that the Board had received others. Ho would ask to have them read. The Chairman said that they were all very similar, and there was therefore little occasion to read them all. Eighty-four communications were received, of whioh eighty • one were in favor of the motion, three wished to have it modified, and one was distinctly opposed to it. There were 190 committees in the district. Tho speaker added, in answer to a question as to how it came about that these communications had been forwarded, that they arose out of a resolution by the Outram School Committee passed in favor of Mr M'Kenzio's motion, and resolving that copies of its resolution be forwarded .to all school committees in the district, with a view of strengthening Mr M'Keizie's hands in moving his motion.
Mr M'Kenzie then moved his resolution, which was as follows:—"So as to prevent injustice to applicants for positions in the service of the Board, that the resolutions of the Board passed on the 20th of March 're the appointment of teachers and curtailing the number of applicants to be forwarded to committees, be revoked." The mover said that he would be as brief as possible in speaking to the motion, but his address, as also were the remarks of some other members of the Board, were of so great a length that we are compelled to hold over
our full report until to-morrow. In the i meantime we may say that the motion was seconded by Mr Dick, but on being put to tho vote it was lost by six votes to two, only the mover and seconder voting in favor of it. NOTICES OF MOTION. Mr Praeb gave notice of the following motion for next meeting:—"That the first clause of the resolutions bearing on the mode of appointing teachers passed by the Board on March 20 be amended to read 'five' instead of ' three.' " Mr Green gave notice of the following motion for next meeting :—" To amend the regulations for the appointment of teachers in tho following respect: To add to No. 1 the words ' and number them in their 0.-der of merit.' To alter No. 2 by introducing the word ' all' after the first word 'of in the second line and tho word 'eligible' before 'candidates/ and to strike out the word ' selected' in tho same line. To strike out all the words after the word 'appointment' in the last line of No. 4."
EDUCATION BOARD., Issue 7938, 20 June 1889
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