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SCHOOLMASTER OR WHAT ?

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—On looking at foot of letter signed "A Parent" in your issue of yesterday evening, it is not difficult to locate the school referred to. Your correspondent should endeavor to "state the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth," when making charges against a schoolmaster respected by almost everyone who knows him, leaving out, of course, disappointed parents, whose children did not pass their standard, and cantankerous individuals whom no one could satisfy. The children get an hour for lunch—not half an hour. Their attendance last Saturday was voluntary. The master said to them on Friday that as the examination was on Tuesday, he would be at the school on the following day (Saturday) if anyone cho3e to come. The children under the mistress do not commence work till 9.30. It is necessary, through the low average attendance, for the others to start at nine o'clock. I have heard the master say that were the average attendance what it should be, he could manage quite well by opening at ten o'clock. It iB untrue to say that the children are kept till five o'clock. The result of the examinations last year is a sufficient testimony to the ability of the teaching staff, as the St. Leonard's School had a larger percentage of pasEea than any other school between Dunedin and Port Chalmers. The schoolmaster does not know I have written this.—l am, etc., Another Parent. St. Leonards, August 21.

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SCHOOLMASTER OR WHAT ?, Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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SCHOOLMASTER OR WHAT ? Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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