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RHONDDA Evening Schools Delegation of Powers. Rhondda's Request Acceded To. A meeting of the Rhondda Evening Schools Committee was held at the Council Chamber, Pentre, on Wednesday, Mr. W. P. Nicholas, the chairman, pre- siding. The Chairman said that before proceed- ing with the business of the meeting, he would bring to their notice a communi- cation he had received in his capacity as Clerk to the District Council from Mr. Franklen, the Clerk of the Glamorgan County Council, embodying the follow- ing recommendations in the matter of delegating the County Council's powers in Secondary Education and Evening Schools to the Rhondda Council. The recommendations are as follow: — Recommends that the County Council agree with the Rhondda Urban District Council for the exercise by them-for one year, from the 1st October, 1909, of all the powers of the Council in respect of the management of the several schools and classes specified in the Secondary Educa- tion Sub-Committee's report of July 23rd last on the undermentioned conditions: — (a) The Rhondda Urban District Council will exercise their powers through their Education Committee in accordance with the Regulations of the Board of Education, and will appoint and pay all necessary correspondents, organisers, visiting and in- spectors. They will also be responsible for paying the teachers of the classes and indemnify the County against all claims in respect of such classes. (b) The Rhondda Education Commit- tee will conduct all correspondence relating to the classes direct with the Board of Education, and all reports of the Board or H.M. Inspectors will go direct to them. (This clause must be subject to the approval of the Board of Education). (c) At the close of the session a sum of jE750 shall be paid on account to the Rhondda Urban District Council by the County Council, and if the grants of the Board are receivable only by the County Council, a further sum esti- mated to equal them shall be advanced by the County Council at the same time. (d) In the month of September an account shall be made out of the net cost to the rates of the Evening Classes conducted in the residue of the County during the session, including a proper proportion of the salaries of organisers, visiting teachers and inspectors em- ployed by them, and there shall be paid before the 29th of that month by the County Council to the Rhondd'a Urban District Council (subject to the indemnity contained in paragraph (a) above) such a proportion of the said net cost as the assessable value of the Rhondda District bears to the assess- able value of the rest of the Adminis- trative County according to the County Rate Basis in force at that time, after deducting the above advances. (e) Any further monies required for the efficient working of the above schools and classes, or relating thereto, shall be raised by the Rhondda Urban District Council under Section 3 of the Education Act of 1902. Mr. Nicholas said this was a matter that neither the Chairman of the Educa- tion Committee nor himself could express an opinion upon until it had been dis- cussed by the members of the Rhondda Education Committee. Speaking as Chairman of the Evening Schools Com- mittee, he thought the resolution was a step in the right direction, and the thanks of the Rhondda Education Committee and the Rhondda people generally were due to the representatives of the Rhondda upon the County Council, who had worked so hard to secure this delegation of powers to the Rhondda Council. Whether the financial terms of the delegation were equitable was a matter which required more investigation, and he preferred not to express anything more in regard to it at the present. The principle of dele- gation had been recognised, and the Rhondda delegates had had to fight a strenuous battle in order to get this done. Speaking for himself—and he was sure he was voicing the opinion of the Committee generally—they were greatly indebted to the local representatives for the splendid fight they had put up. He did not think they should discuss the matter further that day, but proceed with the business as if the County Coun- cil's letter had not been received. Per- sonally, he believed they would accept the principle, and leave the threshing of the financial conditions to be discussed again. In a discussion as to the position of Porth Pupil Teachers' Centre, Alderman M. Williams said that this was a matter which required further readjustment. Mr. Tom John, M.A., said that as far as the co-opted members of the Commit- tee were concerned, they were glad that the Evening Continuation Schools would now become under the control of the people of the Rhondda, and having done that other things would follow. They should be thankful for this instalment, and the result would be that the Evening Schools would be more efficiently worked than in the past. Alderman M. Williams said that he believed Mr. Franklen intended to deal squarely with the question, and was anxious to see. that the Rhondda should have fairplay. The Chairman said he had not the slightest hesitation in saving that Mr. Franklen was entirely with them but he could not say that of some of the other officials. The matter then dropped, pending the next meeting of the Education Committee. Consideration was next given to various routine matters. Mr. T. G. Jones, local secretary (Pentre) of the Evening Classes, wrote resigning his appointment, and Mr. Berry stated he had provisionally appoin- ted Mr. Royal], of the Education Office, in his place. On the motion of the Chair- man, the appointment was not ratified, in view of the question of delegation. Mr. Royall also applied for some remuneration for work done in connec- tion with Evening Schools during the past four years. Considerable discussion followed, but on the motion of Mr. Tom John, the matter was referred to the Rhondda Education Committee. County Councillor Enoch Davies asked why no Evening Schools were held in Blaenrhondda and Blaenycwm. In his opinion, these were the very places where

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