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Attendance In Elementary School At the invitatibn of the Llandudno and District Teachers' Association, a conference of school managers and teachers took place on Saturday at the Town Hall, Conway, the Mayor (Councilor Morgan) presiding over a good attendance, Mr E. Gray, M.P.. Was thø principal speaker. The Mayor said Wales should be proud of 'tf1è progress made in the educational development in the country during the present century, alnd should venerate those pioneers of education who had afforded Wales strch a perfect system. It remained for them to make the best possible use of that system for the uplifting of the nation (applause), and to Wipe off this stigma which lay at the foundation of the educa- tional ladder. He feared the anomaly of the bad attendance they were met to discuss was due to the fact that many par- ents in Wales had not yet realised the importance of sound elementary education as a basis for secondary education (ap- plause). The Rev J. Morgan proposed a resolution deploring the irregularity with which chil- dren attended the elementary schools, and calling upon the local authorities to take immediate Meps to remedy the evil. All were convirced, he said, of the evil. The average attendance in Camarvonshire was 76.21. In this county alone forty-four schools had 30 per cent. of the children ab- sent every day. Yet the schools were well appointed, the teachers were very efficient, and the education cost the parents nothing. One remedy he suggested was that the schools should be closed promptly, though he believed that the absence of that strict- ness now was due to the consideration of the teachers for the children. The resolution having been seconded by the Rev H. Barrow Williams, it was sup- ported by Mr E. Gray, M.P., who said that Eng- land, Scotland, and Wales were terribly backward as compared with Germany,Wales bemg a precious bad third, and he was sorry to say that the county in which that gathering assembled was going steadily backward instead of forward. Figures placed in his hands within the last few days showed that in England and Wales there were 5,600,000 children on the books, and of this number no less than 1,000,000 were absent every day. He granted that half the absentees might be sick or even kept at home owing to inevitable circumstances, but even then it was terrible to contemplate that half a million children should be ab- sent every day. The country sorrowed for the loss of a couple of battalions on Nichol- son's Nek, and regretted the capture of a soldier here and there, but it Went on heedlessly year after year to lose not only battalions but brigades to the intellectual forces of the country (hear, hear). No one could pos- sibly estimate the loss which this entailed to commercial prosperity. If the country needed anything, it needed an educated electorate. It was regrettable that the Welsh people were selling their birthright for a mess of pottage—a child kept at home to earn half-a-crown a week remained a hewer of wood and a drawer of water for the rest of his life (hear, hear). There were growing and overwhelming indications of the close relationship between

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