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THE WELSH EDUCATIONAL CON- FERENCE. A two days' educational conference was opened at Shrewsbury on Thursday week in connection with the Cymmrodcrion Society, to take into consideration the future development ot the Welsh educational system. Professor Rhys, Oxford, presided, and among others present were Professor Lewis and Professor Jones, University College, Bangor Professor Genese, Prof. J. E. Lloyd, and Professor Herford, University Col- lege, Aberystwyth; Professor Roberts, Prof. Wardle, and Professor. Tanner, Cardiff Professor Tout, St David's College, Lampeter and Dr Isambard Owen, aecretary.-Dr Dickens Lewis, Shrewsbury, having Tead an address welcoming the society to the town, the President, in reply, delivered an interesting address, in the course of which he said the Welsh had learned that England was biassed with excellent grammar schools, and, trne to the imitative instincts attributed to them, they desired to have more insti- tutions of the same kind i'.i their own country (applause). Some of them also thought their educa- tional system would lack unity of purpo-e without a university to take the loctd in the work. They, feowever, did not wish to be innovators, neither did they yearn for the S;'tuniia regaa of Beli, the great son of Mynogan, or look forward to a W elsh univer- sity granting ita diplomas for familiarity with the inysteries of bardism, and constituting its graduates into an order of Druids (hear, hear). No, he gave his country credit for more canniness, and they would be satisfied with the subjects of examination being mostly those recognised in the universities of England, Scotland, and Iraland (applause). But they did venture t) think that a little corner might be reserved in the curriculum for Celtic philology, Celtic history, and archaeology (hear, heir). Their pelicy should therefore be to act in such a way as to enable them in due time to go before their parlia- mentary representatives with a united front, and endeavour to secure those educational concessions and advantages they one and all desired for the Principality (loud applause).—The Secretary having read letters from Viscount Lmlyn, Mr Henry Richard, M.P., Sir Owen Roberts, Mr Marchant Williams, and others, regretting their inability to be present, Mr Cecil Jones, Mertbyr, moved a resolu- tion to the effect that the first step towards the development of the Welsh e ucational system must be the establishment of numerous and efficient inter- mediate schools. He remarked that the necessity for reform in Welsh education had been universally acknowledged Lr a long time, but nothing had yet -been done, notwithstanding the fact that it was a subject of vital importance to the interests of the nation and ought, therefore, to be speedily settled. -Professor Jones, Bangor, having seconded the resolution, Principal Jones, Cardiff, said that con- currently with the f s' blishment of intermediate schools they would re a system of examination, and the questi.n ai =< to whether the inspection Was to be performed .e Education Department in London, as indie Mr Mundella's bill, or whether such exa, was to be conducted by a specially ar body in Wales (hear, hear). If it was committed to a body in Wales, the only b< could discharge these Junctions would be a :ity directly or indirectly. Therefore, he sugges uoifc instead of the resolu- tion reading "the- step" it should read important step," a., iousrht it desirable that a TBniversity should be i. 'ished simultaneously with intermf:dir„to nhools. se alterations having been agreed to, and the mo -i having been unanimously Carried, Miss Hugbea, j-mbridge, moved that in any provision for intermei..te education in Wales the interest of girls should be considered equally with that of boys.—Miss Delvs Davies, North London Collegiate school, seconded the resolution, which was "Warmly supported by Professor Arnold, and unani- mously carried.-The Secretary then moved a resolu- tion approving of the principles of the society for Utilising the Welsh language as a means of elementary, intermediate, and higher education. The Archdeacon of Llandaff seconded the motion, which was agreed to.—The conference then adjourned for luncheon and on returning, Professor Jones, Bangor, moved that university colleges should be utilised in the training of elementary teachers.—Mr Hawker Hughes, Jesus College, Cambridge, seconded, and in the course of a lengthy discussion which followed, Professor Jones said he thonght there was not so great a deficiency of colleges as want of efficiency in the work of existing colleges.—The Archdeacon of Llandaff, however, disagreed with this view, seeing that in the whole of Wales there were very few colleges, and only one, in fact, for girls. The resolution was subsequently adopted without dissent.—Principal V. Jones, Cardiff, then moved a resolution setting forth that it was expedient that the provision for intermediate and collegiate education in Wales and Monmouthshire should be completed by university organisation, and that the inspection of St.) te-aided intermediate schools should be committed to the Welsh university, with due pro- vision for the representation of such schools upon its executive body.-Prof. Jones, Bangor, seconded the resolution, which was supported by Professor ^Roberts, Cardiff, and others, and afterwards agreed t».—The connrence then adjourned. The confer' ice was resumed on Friday week. Professor Rhy- again presided, and there was a large attendance, including Earl Powis. The secretary read letters regretting their inability to attend from Professor Powell (Cardiff) and Sir John Pulestone, M.P., tke latter of whom felt that "the delibera- tions of the conference would be productive of great good, and he trusted would tend to facilitate such legislation as was now needed to put the coping stone on the educational structure in Wales. It was a matter for congratulation that so much had been done, but to give full effect to it all they must have a system of intermediate education calculated to meet the wants and aspirations of the Principality. The Prince of Wales, in his address at the Albert Hall, gave them every encouragement, and it was very graifying to find his Royal Highness entering into such full sympathy with the efforts made by the people of Wales to advance those interests which more than any others would benefit Welsh people. —On the motion of Principal Jones (Cardiff), seconded by the Archdeacon of Llandaff, it was unanimously resolved that it was expedient that the limit of age for the close scholarships of Jesus College should be removed. The proposer of the resolution remarked that the scholarships were at present closed to all above the age of 19.—Mr Owen Owen (Oswestry) moved that there should be one Council of Education, with power of control over all matters relating to elementary and intermediate education in Wales and Monmouthshire. In reply to Principal Jones, Mr Owen said that he wanted a dis- tinct Welsh education department the same as the education department of Scotland was distinct from that of England.—Mr T. Jones (Khondda) seconded, and a short discussion followed, in the course of which the Archdeacon of Llandaff and others expressed the opinion that, en the ground of expediency, it was desirable not to proceed with the resolution, as it might be considered that they were getting rather too revolutionary and were proceed- ing too fast. Professor Edwards (Bala), however, thought ti'at the motion should be adopted, although he believed that it would be far from unanimously carried—The President, having observed that, in the circumstances, he thought it would be wiser to withdraw the resolution, this course was agreed to, and Professor Edwards proceeded to move "That the ultimate direction and control of Welsh inter- mediate education should be vested in a representa- tive National Council, and that such council should be a. permanent corporation." The professor observed that they did not find that the London council possessed that suppleness, elasticity, and knowledge for dealing with the special wants of Wales which they might reasonably expect, and therefore he thought some such body as that suggested in the resolution should be formed.-Capt. Verney seconded the motion, but in the discussion which followed, difference of opinion was again expressed as to the expediency of the conference at present adopting the resolution as an item of policy it: the immediate programme of the society and on tLe question being put to the vote, five voted for the resolution, and five against, the bulk of the members remaining neutraL—Mrs Verney (Bangor) proposed a resolution to the effect that it was desirable that night schools should be revived on a sound basis in the town and country districts of Wales. —The Arch- deacon of Xlandaff having seconded the resolution, it was supported by Mr T. John, Miss Hughes, and Mr C'adwaladr Davies, and afterwards unanimously agreed to.—he resolution of Professor Lewis, which wa-9 postponed from the previous day, to the effect that any measure for developing the intermediate system of Welsh education should be accompanied by some efficient method for promoting the e!e- mertary,intermediate,and technial edr.o xtion of young working men and others in similar circumstances, was cordially agreed to without discussion.—Prof. Edwards moved— That in any scheme of inter- mediate education for Wales regard should be paid to existing intermediate schools, educating a certain number of boys and girls born in Wales, and proved to be efficient, and that such schools should be admitted to all the beneilts of the scheme upon equal Conditions vith new sch.oo] -Dr Isambard Owen seconded the resolution, which was, after discussion, agreed to all the proposer consenting to erp.se the last sentence.—Professor Edwards moved- Tbat a graduated system of scholarship should be formed to aid poor boys and girls through the whole of their course fiOlD the elementary schools to the univer- sities, and that the system of payment by results Should not ba applied to intermediate schools."—Lord Powis supported the resolution, warmly advocating | the objects, cf ths resolution as calculated to place J inducements before scholars, and encourage them in the work. The resolution having been carried, Prof. Edwards proposed that a scheme of education for Wales should embrace technical and commercial education. The resolution met with general approval, and was carried. It was then resolved to send copies of the various resolutions to the Welsh I members of Parliament, after which the conference terminated.