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EDUCATION BOARD., Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
The monthly meeting of the Eduoatioa Board was held this day; present— Messrs H. Clark (chairman), J, Macgregor, J. Green, J. W. Jago, M. Fraer, Dr Hislop, and the Hon. T. Dick. FINAKCK. Account? amounting to L 5.484 7s 3d were passed for payment. WINDSOR. A deputation from Windsor, consisting of Messra Johnson and Hal), wait' d on the Board with reference to a petition of residents there asking that the Board would reconsider their applioation for the erection of a schoolhouse. They Eaid that a school Is wanted there very badly, the nearest being at Ngapara and Teaneraki, five and six miles distant respectively. The number of children of school age that could attend is thirty-three.—The Secretary said that the inspector had reported, in November last, that the oase was not a very urgent one, but tho circumstances might have changed now.—The B a*d informed the deputation they would reconsider tho matter, which was referred back to the inspector for a further report. APPOINTMENTS. Tho following appointments were made: — Rosette King, head-teacher, Stonebum; Minnie Torrance, do, Te Houka; Elizabeth Faulkner, mistress, Portobello ; John C. Jamieson, pupilteacher, Balolutha; Edward Smith, do, Caversham ; Mary Alice Livingston, do, Wakaii. THB APPOINTMBNT Of TEiCHEEB. The Chaibman stated that at a meeting of the Board, held yesterdiy, the following resolutions were passed : The Board bavin? had their attention directed to the Eublisbed report of a speech or address purporting to ave been delivered by Mr David Whi'e, head-master of the Practising School connected with the Training; Institution, at a recent meeting of the Otago Educational Institute, unanimously resolved : (1) That although the Board recognise the right of their teachers, in common with other members of the eommncit?, to express their opinions regarding any lino of policy that may be adopted and followed by the Board in the administration of school affairs, yet tho Board, in justice to their members and the position they occupy, cannot allow that teachers in the employment cf the Board should, in their public utterances, call in question the honesty of purpose and integrity of conduct cf the members of the Board in their performance of the official duties devolving upon them. (2) That In the opinion of the Board certain words attributed to Mr White in the report above referred to are of a most objectionable character, as they plainly and unmistakably impute to the Board a course tt conduct of a most improper and unworthy nature. (S) That Mr White bo requested to slate explicitly to the Board whether or not he made use r.f the f jllowing expression, or words of the same import, in the course of the speech herein referred to, viz.:—•' What about the tbice-name system? . . .
Since the present system was initiated it appeared to him to hive been nothing but a gross system of favoritism from beginning to end."
Thote resolutions had been forwarded to Mr White last evening, and the following reply had been received from him this morning, addressed to the secretary:—
Sir.-In reply to yours ot last night, I have to say that I used the words at the Institute meeting which you quote in your communication. With regard to the decision of the Board contained in paragraphs I and 2,1 have to say that it appears to ine that it has been arrived at without affording me an opportunity of expressing an opinion on the subjeots referred to. —Ycurs sincerely, D. Whits. Mr Jaoo asked if the Board should at this juncture express its opinion on the satisiactoriness or otherwise of Mr White's reply. The Chathman said that he had been in hopes that Mr White would have seen fit to modify, or oven retract, his remarkß. Mr JAGO said he would move—"That the Board, having heard the reply of Mr While to the resolution adopted by the Board at yesterday's meeting, deem it unsatisfactory to delay the matter for further consideration." A letter having been received from a deputation appointed at the meeting of the Institute for the purpose of interviewing the Board and asking that they be now heard, the Board resolved to admit them. The deputation consisted of Messrs Fitzgeiald (Sormal Fcbool), M'Nicoll (George street), Milne (Caversbam). and Chilton (Port Chalmers). _ [The Board had I previously passed the following resolution:— "That the deputation be informed that inasmuch as Mr White, a member of the deputation, has made very grave charges against the Board, the Board must decline to hear Mr White at present; but if the other members of the deputation desire to be heard, the Board will receive them."] Mr Fitzgerald said that in laying before the Board the resolutions passed by the Institute he would remind them> although it was scarcely neceesary to do so, that all through the history of the Institute ib had worked earnestly in the cause of education and had endeavored to work in harmony and co-operation with the Board. It had been indebted to the Boat d on many occasions for help in its work, and he hoped that they would accept his assurance that an proposing the appointment of a Commission to take up the question of the appointment cf teachers the Institute was still actuated by the desire to co-operate heartily with the Boaid in order that they might arrive at a ratiafactoiy solution of that very difficult problem. The Institute was of opinion that the step recently taken by the Board was one in advance of the system that prevailed before, when the names of all applicants for a situation used to be sent to school committees; but it was also aware that there waß a certain amount of dissatisfaction with
this attempt to cope with the difficulty. It was also aware that the members of the Board themselves were not at one on the matter. The deputation was therefore appointed to wait on the Board with a view of assisting in the satisfactory arrangerrent of the matter; end the firßt of the Institute's resolutions that the deputation had be.n asked to placa before them was the following: "That the method recently adopted by the Education Board in the selection of candidates' names is unsatisfactory, inasmuch as on several occasions it appears that the te&chers so selected were not the most highly qualified applicants for the appointments." The second resolution was as follows:—" 0 hat it is undesirable that the board Bhould adopt any arbitrary system of selecting names, such as is implied in fixing a definite number (three or five) for every appointment, irrespective altogether of the importance of the position of the number of qualified applicants." < f course this latter c'tilt with the proposal of several school committees to raise the number of names of candidates to be sent to them from three to five, and it was the opinion of the Instittt; that on occasions where more than five candidates were arplying, and all had equal qualification, one applicant might be prevented from having bia claims considered by the Committee. The next resolution that he would submit was the fourth, as follows:—" That the Board should advise school committees tc consult with the head-master of the school in the appointment of assistant-teachers, with the view cf ascertaining his opinion on the qualifications of the candidates sent down by the Education Board." This suggestion was one of great importance ; for although some committees did consult head - masters with respect to the appointment of assistant-teachers, and although the Board did so, in some caaeß committees did not consult their head-masters. The Institute felt persuaded that if the Board could secure this consultation on the vart of committees, it would have a most beneficial effect. One special direction in which it would have a good effect was in the matter of committees being inclined to look too much to the letter of qualification of a candidate, and too little to his other qualifications— such as his experience and the successful work that he had done in schools. If the suggestion were carried out great encouragement would be given to young teachers. He would now ask Mr Chilton to speak to the third resolution. Sir Chilton said that the resolution was as follows:—"That, in order to provide a better system of promotion for teachers, and to secure the welfare of schools, the Board be requested to classify the schools under their control, and thereafter fix a requisite classification for the various positions in the different olasses of schools; and until this classification be carried out, the Board revert to the system formerly adopted of selecting names according to rank. That the names of all candidates above a certain rank be sent to school committees, the rank in each case being determined according to the importance of the appointment." This referred to the classification of schools according to their impoitar.ee as regarded attendance, and it was suggested that they should be classed A, B, C, and to on, and that all appointments should be considered with reference to this classification. The Board could fix the requisite classification, ard all applicants above a certain classification would know exactly what position, they were fit for and could make application for, and what they should not apply for. At present there was great uncertainty among teachers, but under the proposed tystem they would know that they would be considered eligible for certain appointments. Mr M'Nicoll said that the Institute did not wish to indicate where the lines suggested should be drawn; that remained for the Board. He added that if the idea were carried cut there would be .no favoring of University students, and no inflictirg of hardship on those who had not got University qualifications. Mr Milne said that with rega d to the proposed classification he found that countiy teachers as a rule were as strongly in favor of it as were University studentß, as, if the proposed lines were drawn, they would know what situations were open for them to apply for and what were not At the meeting of the Institute the dissatisfaction expressed with the threename sjsterc was greater than he would Lava thought of. The Chaibman said that the Board would fully and carefully consider the matter brought before them by the deputation. The deputation having retired, the Chairman said that the following letter had been received from teachers holding other views on the matter : ! Dunedio, July 15,1S8». Wo, the undersigned teachers in the Board's eervice, beg respectfully to protest ng&iost the adoption by the Board cf the resolutions re grading of schools and teachers, as proposed by the Otago* Educational lustitute, for the following reasons : 1. The Institute at present does not represent o«e----third of the teachers cf Otago, and only about onethird of tho members of the Institute were present when the resolutions wore adopted. 2. That a majority of those who voted consisted cf ycucg men, who have as yet had no experience in tits management of schools. 8. Furthermore we are strongly tf opinion that tke tdoption of the resolutions of the Institute would place many of the country teachers at a great disadvantage. Owing to the limited time at our disposal we have been unable to ocmmunlcate witfc te&chers in country schools. i. We understand tbat the system of grading schools and teachers in North Canterbury has cot been a success.
la conclusion, we trust the Board will continue to give due consideration to experience and success in teaching when making appointments.-We remalp, etc., W. J. Sfooßß, James Mahokby, John L. FBBarsoir, David Mdrrat, Alex. Ktle, Jambs Jefthbt, William Bknnett, Waitik Ehbly, JonK H. Ciur-iux, Pktbk M'QKF.eOR.
Ou the raot'on of the Hon. T. Dick it wag resolved—" That a copy of these resolutions be forwa'dedto each member cf the Board for consideration at its next meeting, and that ths papers handed in do at prebent He on the tab.'e." The Board then went into committee to consider Mr White's letter, and ultimately passed the following resolutions on the motion of the Hon. T. Dick, seconded by Mr Jaoo—- " (1) That Sir White having in his letter of today suggevted that the Board havo misunderstood the implication of the words ueed by him, and set ont iu the Board's resolution of yesterday, he be asked to inform the Board what meaning he intended to convoy by the words ha admittedly used. (2) That a special meeting of the Board be held at 2 p.m. on the 24th inst. to consider Mr White's reply."
The notices of motion on the same matter standing in the names of Mr Green and Mr Fraer were allowed to stand over till next meeting.
NOBMAL SCHOOL. The Normal School Committee repotted havirg visited the school and the School of Art rooms on Friday and inspected the same, as well as interviewing the masters and the janitor. Aa a result, they agreed to certain improvements to the building that should, if possible, be made. The limited accommodation and the structural defects of the premises are very unsatisfactory, and the Committee would have been glad to see their way tomakeivdefinite recommendation as to the erection of suitable buildings on another site, The Committee, considering the leaky and untidy condition of the School of Art portion pf the buildings, communicated with Mr Somerville, the architect, on the subject, whoEe report, they are glad to find, has been adopted by the Board. The Committee attach reports from Messrs Fitzgerald and White respecting the attendance in their respective departments. Mr Jaoo said that as a member of the Committee he had recently for the first time had an opportunity of going over the school building and premises, and he must confess that he had previously had no idea of its inconveniences and of its unsatisfactory arrangements. He would have liked to suggest that a new building, on a different site, should be erected at once; but, seeing that that wis Impossible, he would suggest that the Board keep in view the removal of the school to a more suitable site at the earliest possible opportunity. Mr Green endorsed the last speaker's remarks, adding that the Board had been repeatedly stiired up on the matter, but had always stopped shcrt of really doing what was required. The report was minuted as received.
I THE APPOINTMENT OF Pnra-TEACHEBS. I The report of the Committee on the above subject was submitted, and the recommendations they made were to the following effect: Your Committee make the following recommendations for the consideration o! the Board : 1. That candidates for the offioe of pupil-teacher must he at least fifteen years of age, instead of (out-tr-cn years as at present. (See existing regulation, No. II.). 2. That candidates must, have passed the Sixth Standard of examination in the publio school coulee, or on equivalent examination, instead of the Fifth Standard as at present. See existing regulation. No. VI.). • 3. That teaohers be enjoined to be exceedingly c ireful in certifying to the competency of intending candidates for appointment as pupil-teachers; and that they be required to state, when making any recommendation, whether or not they would be quite willing to accept the candidate as a pupilteacher in their own school it so appointed 4. That every pupil, before beooming eligible for registration as a oandidate for an appointment as a pupil-teacher, be required to spend a period of not less than three months, and that no candidate be allowed to act for more than tix months as an honorary or unpaid pupil-teacher or monitor in a publia school, the Board retaining power to dispense with th s requirement on sufficient and sitisfactory caueo being shown ; and that the period of probation herein provided may run o Jnourrently'with the lntter period of the pupil's attendance at a class preparing for the Sixth or Seventh Standard examination.
6. That no person shall ba eligible for appointment as a pupil-teacher whose name has not been entered in the Board's register of candidates ; and that no person shall be so registered who, at the date cf application, has ceased to attend a public school or tth°r approved educational institution for more than ey<ar. 0 Tint the existing register of candidates be ve*
vised with a view to the excision of the names ol thoae who hwe already obtained appointments, or who no loujrer desire to remain candidates; but that no ohange of tba existing regulations chill effect prejudicially the status or olaias of candidates already 7. That the Boatd'a storetary be direoted to notify by public advertisement, as in the case of echcol teacheip, all pupil-teachership vueancies as t hoy occur from time to time, and that candidates be directed to addrees their applications to the Board's secretary, specifying the BOhool or schools U whioh »ncy ri:ay severally'desire to Oo a| pointed, v-ith a new to their qualifications btlng tested by an inspector or injectors in such manner as may bs deemed aavtsable. 8. That in tho event of Iha foregoing: recommencatiocs, or any of them, Kins adopted by the Baaid. tho existing pupil-teachers' regulations be amended accirdingly; and that the rejonmv.nuations of the inspectors relating to the pupi[-teachers' course.of study, the ejllibus of exammathD.and tho text-books to bo used, bo approvod by tbe Board. Mr Jaoo, in moving the adoption of tho report, said that it wouid be well that it should )\i on the table till next meeting, hi orderthat members might mako themselves acquainted with its recommendations and be prepared to vote on it. Mr Fraer supported the suggestion, winch waa adopted.
EDUCATION BOARD., Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
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