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TO THtt EDITOR. Sik,—The Otago High School Board have aimed a swashing blow at the efficiency of secondary education by calling for tenders for a High School mastership. Fancy our teachers engaged in the happy, wholesome game cf undercutting, hitherto confined to truckaters, big and little. A tenders at £250, B at £225, C at £219, U at £215 (Sa 81, and so on, each hoping to sneak into the position not on his merits as a teacher and as a man of culture, but on his cheapness | Fancy a few years hence the natural development—periodical, perhaps annual contracts. “ The High School Board of Gotham invito tenders for the head, second, third, etc., etc., masterships of their magnificent institution. X J lans and specifications may be seen at tho secretary’s office. Lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted, Tenders are also invited for the cleaning of the school,” etc., etc. In all seriousness, sir, this is a question not only for educational institutes and individual teachers but for the general public to take up, if they have any interest Inpreventing the decay of our fine education system. Our institutes should speak out manfully upon the matter, and individual teachers should scotch the snake by utterly ignoring such advertisements as this. The evil would not spread if they adopted such a course. For my own part, a graduate, with many years’ professional experience and sheaves of testimonials, I should prefer to earn a bare subsistence breaking stones upon the roads rather than help the introduction of one. of the worst evils of our latter-day commercial system into ednoation by answering this precious call for applications.—l am, etc , A SELF-RESPECTIMi TEACHER. Dunedin, November 12.

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COMMERCIALITICS IN EDUCATION., Issue 10469, 12 November 1897

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COMMERCIALITICS IN EDUCATION. Issue 10469, 12 November 1897

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