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Progress of Elementary Education.

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Progress of Elementary Education. ACCOMMODATION, ATTENDANCES, AND GRANTS, IN PENARTH SCHOOLS. The annual report of the Committee of the Privy Council on Education just issued for 1895 shows that there werclast year5,189,74l children on the registers of elementary schools of England and Wales as com- pared with 5,126,373 in 1893 and 5,006,979 in 1892. The proportionate growth of the number of children in the schools is greater than the estimated growth t)f the population of the country. There has also been a great improvement in the regularity of the attendance. The number of free schools and free scholars soow a steady increase, and last year 16,289 schools were free as compared with 15,914 in the previous yenr. Of the 5,189,741 scholars, only 821,000 pay fees, the large number of 4,277,741 receiving their education free- The denominational classification of the schools last, year and the year before was as follows :— I 1893 1894 National or Church of England 11,928 11.897 Wesley an 521 503 Roman Catholic 970 985 Britieh, Undenominational, &c. 1,290 l;220j Board Schools 4,972 5,151 Total 19,682 19,756 It will be seen that Board Schools aud Roman Catholic Schools have increased, and that the others have decreased. The cost of education has increased, the average cost per head of the scholars in 1894 was £2 2s 61d, as compered with £ 2 Is 91d in the previous year. In Wales there are now 1,457 schools, having 292,255 scholars on the register, the average cost per I" annum per scholar in average attendance beinc £ 2 0s 81 The following is the list of schools inspected last year in the Penarth School District giving (1) the I name of school, (2) the number of scholars for whom accommodation is provided, (3) the average attend- aoce, and (4) the amount of the annual grants :— { aoce, and (4) the amount of the annual grants :— { [ Accorn- A TOt-o rrc\ Amount of Name of School, mod'ti'n aZ*. grant. provided jK" £ g_ Board 1066 961 983 G 6 National 234 217 I7f> io 0 j Roman Catholic 188. 125 107 ] 8 0 Pentyrch Village 270 123 117 0 0 Pentyrch Works 332 164 147 4 0 PetestoJJe 74 45 -59 1 t 0 J I Dinas Powis 0.. 187 181 153 5 0 Porthkerry 78 29 9 9 6

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