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EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS IN WALES.

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EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS IN WALES. DR AARON DA VIES REMINISCENT. The Rev Aaron Da vies, D.D., in the course of a letter to the secretary of the Barry Free Church Council in reply to the congratulations of that body upon the recent honour bestowed upon him' thus refers to the progress of education in the Principality When I look back to the state of things in 1847, 1848, and 1849, when I entered the Normal College under Dr Evan Davies, and compare such with the state of things at present -if, indeed, we come nearer than that and com- pare it with what it was in 1880, there is an extraordinary advance. In 1880 there were 57 students at Aberystwith College, then the only University College we had, and that almost sink- ing for want of funds. Now we have three Univer- sity Colleges with proper funds and equipments, and a charter with power to grant degrees and over 1,200 students. We had in 1880 about 150 scholars in intermediate schools, but now we have 94 intermediate schools with 7,400 scholars, and at the last examination we found that 285 passed the senior certificate examination, which was harder than the matriculation examination. I was at Bangor University College on the 2nd inst, to witness the granting of degrees to 45 in arts and 24 in science, makiBg^ for the years 71. This is marvellous indeed.

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