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(From Our Parliamentary Reporter.)

WELLINGTON, August 7. The annual report of the Education Departs ment shows that the average attendance of the public school pupils during the year 1888 was 90,108, as against 83,637 for the previous year. In the decennial period from 1878 to 1888 the strict average had risen from 43,521 to 90,108. There had been a very marked improvement in the regularity of attendance on the part of the pupils. In 1887 every pupil on an average attended seventy-seven times out of every hundred t'mes that the school was open ; in 1888 the average was 79.3, and the improvement had been general throughout the whole colony, no district presenting an exception. The average was even higher than that of 1887, although lire calculation for that year was made on the basis of the working, and not on that of the strict average. As to the distribution of the pupils according to sex and age it seems that the old pre portion of 51,8 boys to 48.2 girls persists with the constancy of a law of nature. A continued tendency was shown to a decrease in the proportion of children under seven and under ten years of age. The principal increase is in the proportion of children above ten years. The proportion of children who have not yet passed Standard I. continues very high, though it is declining. For 1888 the proportion was 42 43 per cent.—nearly equal to the proportion of all the children under the age of nine years, which is the average age of children when they pass Standard I. Oonsideting the large number of children under seven years, it is somewhat surprising that the age of passing the First Standard should be so high, but the probabilities are that the average age is kept up by the entrance of a considerable number of older children who have had no instruction in school learning. The statistics of inspection indicate the progress as compared with last year to be 47.15 (instead of 44.9) per cent, of the whole number on the rolls passed at the examinations; 19.5 (instead of 20.8) per cent, of those who might have passed failed to do so. Ihe percentages of passes in all standards are slightly higher than before. The number of schools has increased from 1,093 to 1,128, but this increase is not quite in proportion to the increase in the number of scholars. The number of teachers, excluding Teachers of sewing, has declined from 2,863 to 2,839. Apart from the demand for new schools, there is in some eases urgent need for the enlargement of old-established sohoo's. The following are enumerated as being deficient in floor space: —Auckland, Ponsonby, Newton Fast, Mount EJen, Kauaeranga Boys’, Mata, Wellington, Hastwell, Masterton, Masteries Infants’, Glareville, Parkvalo, Waihakek, Waihenga, Perinoa, Pe'one, and Vogeltown. The amount expended by Boards during the year in maintaining scholarships was L 6,086 The revenue from education reserves amounted to L 29,142. ! 1 The number of scholars on rolls of Native schools last year was 2,512, with an average attendance of 2,070. There were thirty-nine pupils in the Sumner Institution for deaf mutes at the end of the year, maintiinedat a cost of L 8,210, towards which the parents contributed L 329. Nine blind pupils are wholly or partially maintained by the Government at the Sydney or Melbourne institutions. The number of children admitted to Industrial Schools during the year was 190, a smaller numb.r than usual. The number of inmates discharged was 159, the number at the end if the year being 1,564 ; of whom 299 were at service under licenser, 188 were licensed to re.ide with friends, 18 absent without leave, and 13 disposed of in asylums, etc. There is again a falling off in the aggregate number of pupi’s attending the high schools. However, the attendance has improved at the Thames High School, Wellington College, Nelson College, Christchurch Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools, Waitaki Girls’ High School, Otago Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools. The affiliated colleges of the New Zealand University were attended by 583 students, of whom 298 wwe matriculated. - >

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THE EDUCATION REPORT., Issue 7979, 7 August 1889

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THE EDUCATION REPORT. Issue 7979, 7 August 1889

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