THE EDUCATION BOARD AND THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE.
70 TIIK KDITOK. Slit, With youv correspondent "A Friend of Education ,: I most heartily Hgrte. He !ia.s instanced two cases in which the mc.rU of that detestable hand of influence, which is and has been so long uplifted in Water street, is left with wonderful distinctness. Your correspondent, however, doca not, on account no doubt of his bcin;; outside the teaching stuff, give the matter full justice. Permit mc to give fuller particulars in one case, for "Crimiii'i ah unu iliitrc omne.s." lit Port Chalmers : The successful candidate, one of the three whom the Board (?) selected, holds a 1> certificate. His experience is limited to ore year in the Normal Training College. Anioug the applicants whose names were not sent to the Port Chalmers Committee were students witli D certificate.'] who have had not only the Normal Training College experience but also experience as pupil-teachers. Another candidate is a Bachelor of Arts of Otago University, and consequently holds a B certificate. This gentleman, and 1 write what I know, was very highly recommended as a teacher. His experience was three ycare in the Normal Training College. These, sir, are facts which cannot be disputed, aud I ask, in the light of these, has not the three-name system been abused ? But, if we look deeper, and find that the relations of some of the unsuccessful candidates have been making public some of the doings of that " Star Chamber " in Water street, are we not justified in saying with Mr White that the new system of appointing teachers has been marked by gross favoritism from beginning to end ? I congratulate Mr White on his manly utterances, and I am glad that we have in the teaching profession at least one man who is not afraid to speak the truth. Ho could not have forgotten the persecution of Mr Farnie, and yet he dared to do his duty. I have only cited one case of what cannot he called else than favoritism by those who know all the circumstances ; but cases innumerable, both under the new and old nf/jimc, could be brought forward. When members of any education board canvasa committees on behalf of particular candidates, as was done a very few months ago in the case of a vacancy not a hundred miles distant from Lawrence ; when a certain official can say of a man "He will not get a place in a hurry if I can help it" ; when the same official can say to another " It's no use of you applying for that place " —it is h ; gh time that someone was speaking out. Why are so many of our best teachers leaving tho service and seeking their fortunes in another? I assert—and assert on their own authority—that it is not because of their dielike for the teaching profession, but because of their abhorrence of the exercise of tyranny (log rolling and favoritism). The fact is, air, the control of I educational matters in Dune-din is too much in the hands'of a family. Tho genealogical tree of the Education Board and its officials is altogether too complete. The sooner this state cf aoaiis is remedied tho better. But, 0, ye gods } I tremble. It was for making such a statement that Mr Farnie was dismissed.
As for Mr White, I have no fear of the Education Board going to extremes. The members of that august body know too well that Mr White is a man. They know, likewise, that he is a man who commands respect from all who know him—a man whoso eoual as a teacher cannot be found, to'say the least, in OSago—a man who is absolutely independent of either the Otago Education Board or its officials—a man v/ijo bus done infinitely more for ttie cause of education in Otago than all the members of the "happy family" put together. Now, sir, I can only express the hope that this matter will not be allowed to rest where it is. Some of our best teachers are seeking refuge iu other professions, and no wonder,
for unless we verily bow and cringe to one great autocrat anil the members of his household we are doomed.
I need not sign my name, for the autocrat will no doubt know tho unseen hand of AI.IXEK VtTIUM, VITIT QUE TEGENDO, Dunedin, July 22.
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THE EDUCATION BOARD AND THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE., Evening Star, Issue 7974, 1 August 1889
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