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EDUCATION IN WALES. NOTHING more encouraging to the Welsh educa- tioiiist has occurred during the past few years than the striking and remarkable success which has lately been attained by the Welsh Institu- tion at Llandovery, in the Oxford and Cam- (nidge Board Examination. A school, which j twenty years ago numbered only about two | dozen scholars now numbers over two hundred. More than that, this school still small in number compared to the great English public schools — Las reached the seventh place in the list. Twenty-two boys have won the Board's certificates, a number which hns only been 1 excelled by six other schools In Englati 1. This is in0it encouraging, and establishes Llandovery College, beyond question or doubt, as the premier school of Wales. But the result of the. examination should not only give encourage- .e ment, it should also convey a warning, to Welsh educationists. It proves that the English public school system can be used with advan- tage in Wales, and that it is possible to prepare boys with success for the English Uni- versities direct from a Welsh school. Thefe is a tendency in some quarters to under-rate the advantages of a public school education, and to provide only second grade school for Wales When the Welsh University is established, its curriculum will naturally be different to that of Oxford and Cambridge, and the value of its degrees will necessarily be inferior to that of those conferred by the great English Universi- ties. The idea of too many Welshmen has been to prepare boys only for the Welsh University or, failing that, for the London University. It has been taken for granted that Welsh boys cannot be expected to compete with English boys in pure scholarship. The splendid rfesult« obtained by Llandovery go to prove that there is room for both public schools and Inter- mediate Schools in Wales. Another lesson is also taught. It is shown that experienced educationists are better qualified to direct the training of our boys than the most honest popular board. We believe, indeed, that the public should exorcise a general control over all schools maintained out of the public funds s and that the public should be consulted as to the general principles on which a school should be conducted. For instance, the public should be allowed to decide whether the education should be partly religious or entirely secular, but the less the public interfere with the details of school management, the better it will be for all concerned. Llandovery owes its present proud position to the genius of three excellent headmasters. The present Bishop of St Asaph became warden of the school when it seemed to have a well nigh hopeless future before it. It was Bishop Edwards that deter- mined to introduce the public school system into