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Denbighshire Teachers. THE RELIGIOUS DIFFICULTY. The annual conference of the Denbigh- shire Association of the N.U.T. took place at Wrexham on Saturday, when the retiring president, Mr S G Jones, Colwyn Bay, introduced the new president, Mr Charles Dodd, headmaster of the Victoria Council Schools, Wrexham. Mr H Lewis, Llangollen, was elected vice-president, Mr Elias Jones, Rhos, treasurer, and Mr E J Roberts, Denbigh, secretary. The Mayor of Wrexham having wel- comed the delegates, it was resolved That this meeting re-affirms its opinion that a scale of salaries is essential to the well-being of the teachers and of the cause of education in the county." It was also resolved on the motion of Mr Rees, seconded by Mr W M Pierce (Denbigh), That this meeting urges upon the local education authority the n- cessity for a representation of teachers on the Education Committee, and also the formation of a consultative committee composed of representatives of the Local Education Authority and of the teachers of the county, to meet periodically to discuss matters bearing on the work of education in the schools of the county." The meet- ing expressed its regret at the removal of Mr L J Roberts, H.M. Inspector, to Carnarvon. At the afternoon meeting Mr Charles Dodd delivered his presidential address. He dealt with the religious difficulty at some length. He said he firmly believed in Bible teaching, and be ventured to sub. mit a scheme, which many of his colleagues in common with himself did not regard with feelings ot pleasure, which provided for the admission of outsiders into the school. But there must be a general desire to yield on knotty points if this matter was to be settled. Probably this was their point, and he for one was prepared to yield. Roughly his scheme was (1) That the ordinary attendance for secular instruction should not commence until 9.45, but that the children assemble at 9 as at present. (2) That after allow- ing fifteen minutes for an opening service the remaining thirty minutes be devoted to religious or moral instruction. (3) That the scholars be arranged in, say, four sections, Church of England, Roman Catholic, Nonconformist, st-cularist, accord- iog to written request of the parents. (4) That the three religious bodies referred to be allowed to give, through regularly constituted teaching Boards, or com- mittees, religious instruction according to their respective tenets, and that the secularist receive moral instruction from their teachers. (5) That any member of the staff, who is noc otherwise employed, should be allowed to join one of these teaching boards, if desirous of doing so. (6) That there be full and absolute control of all schools, including the appointment of all teachers-by the Local Education Authority, in conjunction with the Board of Education. (7) That school buildings erected by voluntary contributions and vested in trustees should either be iented or bought by the Education Authority. He laid it down as a sine qua non that the school staff should retain the organisation in their own hands, the teaching only being done by outside bodies. The scheme appeared to him to meet fairly the de- mands of all parties-public control, denominational and undenominational in- struction, and freedom from religious tests. It meant, no doubt, considerable organisa- tior, and also self sacrifice, but the results aimed at appeared to be worth it. On the motion of Mr D E Rees, seconded by Mr Hugh Jones, It was decided—" That, inasmuch as education is a national concern and the burden of local rates becomes each year heavier owing to the ever-increasing duties imposed on the County Council, this meeting is of opinion that the grants from the Board of Educa- tion should cover all the salaries of teachers and working expenses of the schools, leaving the authorities to find the necessary money for providing and furnishing the school buildings." An address was given by Mr W A Nicholls, president of the National Union of T. uchers. In alluding to Mr Dodd's scheme, he ventured the opinion that it was the duty of the parents, if they desired their children to have religious instruction, to see that they had it. The parents should be responsible for thiss and not the schools. Mr Dodd replied that it was also the duty of the parents to see that their children attended school, but officers were appointed to see that they did do their duty.