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TEACHERS' SALARIES. To the Editor Sir,—I regret that I was unable to write on the above( subject last week. Your correspondent has wandered very wide of the subject at issue, which was that JE30 a year to article 68 teachers in Llandudno was ain unreasonable sum. At the outset, Mr Fisher sought to establish as a fact, that the, Church Man- agers under the old regime, were far more niggardly in the matter of salaries than the present L.E.A. But in the same breath Mr Fisher acknowledges that most of the 22 Art. 68 teachers in the county receiving, £ 40 or more a year are i in Church Schools, and that the reason they do receive that sum is, that they received it before the L.Ei.A. entered upon its duties. This fact, to- gether with the case of the head teacher's sallary which he quotes, proves the "converse" or exactly the opposite to his contention. The Managers were as generous to their teachers as they possi- bly could be, and this at a time when they had to depend largely upon the voluntary contributions of those Church- men who at the same time were con- tributing to the School Board rates. Wiith regard to one of our schools which has what Mr Fisher calls a dwind- ling attendance of 167, I would simply point out to your readers (and he who runs may read) that 'last week's average attendance of over 180 shows rather clear- ly that this quasi-dwindling is on the in- crease and not als your correspondent would have it to be understood. I should not for a moment have your readers think that this school has not had largjer numbers attending it in the past, and^he reason is near to hand. During recent years new schools have been open- ed in the vicinity. Some have left to join the school in that part of the town known as "The Warren"; others have gone to the new school on the Great Orme. This year the children in Standard II., who should have come down. to this "dwindling school" as in the past, were retained at the Orme School for another year. To speak of a dwindling school seems to me to come with rather bad gr,a,c,e in the face of these facts! I am not complaining, but as far as possible simply stating what appear to me to be the real facts. Does Mr Fisher consider £:140 a year he mentions a proper sum to pay for a head teacher in Llandudno ? If not, I hope he will leave no stone unturned in hi,s endeavours to level it up. I am content, therefore, to leave to the judgment of your readers, on Mr Fisher's own statement, the initial question of whether the Manager's under the old re- gime on the present L.EI.A. were the more generous in the payment of -sajarieis. Let me add a word on the question of the £ 5 bonus. My friend says that it could not Ibe regarded as salary, and could never be claimed as such. But (salary or no salary) the teachers always received it. Mr Fisher's hint that this bonus was a "reward" for extraneous work can be met with the reply that it was paid to all the assistant teachers in the school' whether Church or Noncon- formist. The teacher who played the organ was paid C20 a year for that work in addition to the £55 paid to her, as a teacher. This I can substantiate from the Church Account Book. It was cautious of Mr F&sher to put in the words "may have been pa,id," and I am glad of the opportunity of denying his assertion. There was no need of wearying! your readers with the point of the augmented cost of salaries in the Church Schools of Llanudno. Mr Fisher might added I that the augmented cost of salaries in the Council Schools of the town may also have done a little to swell the cost of the total expenditure. Let me say, that the labourer is worthy of his hire, and in my opinion economy in the salaries of the teachers is the least meri- torious of all economy. The case of Miss Gaynor 'Owen, of Bodafon, who received £:6 as a monitress is even better than a local case of the L.EI.A. paying £,5, for a similar assistant. Mr Fisher in the course of his letter takes us to the Junction. There is one law in the game of cricket by which the man who bowls is disqualified if he oversteps what is known as the bowlingl crease. I do not wish this dis- cussion to be a political one, as we now understand the term. But is Mr Fisher sure that it was the school question which gained that seat? Or might not the lamented death of the old candidate have helped on the day of battle ? My friend taunts me with my youth- ful interference, and I c.annot do better than reply in the well-known words of Pitt to Walpole: "The atrocious crime of being a. young man which the Right Bon. gentleman has with such spirit and decency charged upon me, I shall attempt neither to palliate nor to deny, but, shall content myself with hoping that I may be one of those whose follies cease with their youth, and not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience. Yours- faithfully, W. EDWIN JONES. Correspondent to the Managers of the Llandudno Church Schools.



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