DIOCESAN INSPECTION. I|1865-03-25|The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality - Welsh Newspapers Online
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DIOCESAN INSPECTION. J'o the Editor of tlte Xorth Wales Chronicle. Sir,—" Minister" appears on the ifeld only when lie finds that A 1,ate Inspector" has retired. This ac- counts for his having the idea of bolstering up so ready at hand. He feels he is doing a little in that line him- self, and, like a guilty schoolboy, seeks to divert atten- tion from himself by accusing another. The qtiestioi) of having the programme earlier is not one affecting the pockets or the rights of NILi,(,,i,,ter*' ,tiid "A L;tte Inspec- tor." Why, then, are they so sore about it ? There must be some cause for their wriggling. What is it ? I won- der whether it is because, by attending the meeting-, of the Board of Education, they get to know early what I the subjects of the ensuing examination are to be—com- municate them to the teachers in their schools—and thus gain on advantage over others, which they are loath to part with There i one point in Magister's" letter worthy of special notice, as it lets out the cause of the programme oeiug so long dehyed, IInd leads us to suppose that summer and autumn have exchanged places He says From enquiries I made, I learn that it is not un- usual to request the Inspector to defer his examination to such a time and day that the school can uitister tltv. strongest. And if the Inspector is kept until the middle of autumn before he can examine the schools in his dis- trict, how can he tender in his report much earlier than September <" The Tabulated Report shows that the latest inspection last year took place on the 29 th oj July. His idea as to what tune of the year is autumn shows that while I and my friend, "Somebody-or-other," are im- proving our diction, he may be advantageously increasing his stock of general information. It seems that the rea- son of the delay is the lateness of thesendiug in of the reports by the Inspectors. The subjoined table exhibit. the number of schools examined by each Inspector, and the time of the exami- nation; and is interesting, as it shows that the reports might be sent in early ill August, and that many schools have the advantage of having six weeks or two months more time to prepare for the examination than others. Name of Inspect- Inspect- Inspect- Inspector. cd iu eel in eel in To- May. June. July. tal. Canon Jas."Williams 5 5 Rev. D. Thomas 11 1 12 Harris Jones 10 ••• ■■■10 J. C. Vincent 6 12 IS W. Hughes 4 4 Thomas Jones 10 4 2 hi W. Johnson (j 6 It Parry Jones 1 7 8 H. I). Oweu 2 4 (i William Mason 9 9 Lewis Jones 3 3 6 Thomas Davies 1 9 10 J. W. Kirkhaui 5 5 32 35 48 115 Now, take tho case of the Rev. J. C. Vincent. lie inspected eighteen schools the last on July 14th. He made his notes on each school at the time of the exami- nation, so that all he had to do after July 14th was to make a copy of them, and send it to the Secretary of the Board. This might be done comfortably in the course of ODO eVOIlitlg. His report, therefore, might have been easily sent in by August 1st. allowing him ample time to get breath after the arduous task of in- specting eighteen schools in two months I If he could do it by that time, the others could, as they had not so many schools to inspect. Twenty-one out of the twenty- two schools in the deanery of Arllechvvedd were exa- minclI in .May; considering the time the programme was issued, had not the 48 schools examined in J uly an unfair advantage over them ? It may be some satisfaction to A Late Inspector" and Magister" to be told plainly that I did get a good report, and that I fully expect getting a good one this year; and yet I (lo my work better if I had re- ceived the programme last October. I have seen many persons just arriving in time for a train after a bursting run, but I never heard one of them prefer such a run to a steady walk. We shall have a run to catch the Diocesan Inspection train this year, and many of ns may be successful; but are we to blame in asking time enough to walk the dis- tance ? Is it it proof, wo object to such hard running, that we can neither walk nor run i I am, Sir, yours truly, A STUBBORN FACT. March 15th, 1865. [The above letter must close the correspondence on this subject for the present, as no new facts are likely to be elicited, and consequently no practical good can possibly result from iti continuance.—ED. N.W. C ]