The quarterly returns of attendance for the period ended 30th September, which have just been compiled by the Otago Education Board, show that there were 191 schools in operation during the quarter, employing 255 male and 251 female teachers, besides 14 teachers of sewing. The number of pupils on the school rolls at the beginning of the quarter was 22,088, and at the end of the quarter 22,708, consisting of 11,820 boys and 10,042 girls. The average attendance for the quarter was 10,270 boys and 9,341 girls, making a total of 10,011, being an increase of 140 over that of the previous quarter, and 1,145 over that of the corresponding quarter of 1888. This is the highest average ever reached in this district. The average attendances at the City and suburban schools were ;—George street 749, Normal 097, High street 647, Albany street 026, Union street 013, Caversham 605, Kaikorai 564, Macandrew road 553, Arthur street 545, Mornington 504, North-east Valley 404, Forbury 380, Kensington 365, Ravensbourne 193. The attendances at Oamaru were South School 479, North 454, Middle 423. At the District High Schools: —Port Chalmers 571, Tokomairiro 358, Palmerston 289, Lawrence 278. Two new schools were opened during the quarter—one at Rougahere and one at Wanaka road.
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EDUCATIONAL., Evening Star, Issue 8031, 7 October 1889