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CARNARVONSHIRE EDUCA- TION COMMITTEE. MIXED SCHOOLS CRITICISED. TRANSFER OF THE BANGOR NORMAL COLLEGE. ARREARS OF BUILDING WORK. (From our Reporter.) A mooting of the Carnarvonshire Education ComuiitU'tj was held to-day week, at Carna: VUIl, the Ghau man (Mr D. P. Williams) presiding. The other members present were Mrs Darbishire, 11rs Jones, Revb. W. W. L oyd, Roberta, T. J. Whel- don O. J. Owen, and Messrs C. H. Darbishire, John Owen, LI. B. Ellis, J. Jones, Robert Roberts, Wm. George, R:cha.rd DavLjs. J. R. Pritchard, R. 0. Jones, Aklaii- eon Pwton, R. Jones Roberts, J. Issard Davies, with the Secretary (Mr Evan R. Davies) and the Assistant Secretary (Mr D. Thomas). THE LATE MR MENZIES. Proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Mr 'Allanson Pioton, a vote of condolence was passed with the family of the late Mr Menzies, who was a valuable member of the committee. THE SATURDAY CLASSES. POOR RESULTS. The examiners of the teachers attending the Saturday classes stated that the question that required an elementaxy knowledge of the metric measurements for its solution was very feebly dealt with. Very few of the candidates appeared to know that the height of a tall man ie two metres. For instance, one candidate stated that the height of a tall man was 1 foot 9 inches, and another stated that the diameter of a lead pencil was two inches, whilst a third thought that the dimensions of a classroom to accommodate 48 children might weJ!1 be 10 fe bv 48 fe-t. The worst tenure of the arithmetic paper, however, was the few attornpte made to answer the question on graphs in which the oandida-to was asued to plot a curve on squared paper showing the variation of the a\era?e attendance of a class. They believed that candidates whose names appeared in the third cinss (nine) should not be allowed to teach a class in the school higher than the second standard and indeed in th absence of con- sider abb" natural aptitude for teaching on thei- part it wis doubtful whether they should be retained on the committee's service. throa leading students in the first. class wereMi.ttie Roberts, Carnarvon, 299, Morr s Parry, Bafchssda. 246: and H. 0. Williams, P,mi1. 240. In the second class the lead ng three were:—Mary Jonee, Llanberis, 174; E. J. Evans, Llanberis, 174; and John Thomas, Penvrrroes, 173. Mr Issard Davios, the chairman of the Staffs Committee, called special attention to the exa- miners' report. He said that a lare number of the Article 68 teachers were inefficient, and their qualifications ranked very low 'ndeed. Another examination was to be held, and aa the examiner stated, unless "there was evidence of considerable natural aptitude for teaching on tho part of the teachers in this class (the third), 3t is doubtful whether they should be retained in the committee's service." He did not know whether these teachers realised their responsi- bilities, and judging by the poor attendances made at the Saturday classes he was afraid some of tlv?m did not. He hoped that the to- port of fiie examiner would stimulate them to obtain a higher position. TEACHERS' SALARIES. STAFFS COMMITTEE'S PROPOSED INCREASES DEFERRED. Tlho Staffs Committee recommended increa.ses, To the salaries of thirty-three teachers in pro- vided and non-provided schools. The Rev. Ceidiog Roberts, without scarcely any comment, moved an amendment that the recommendation be adjourned, adding that he was doing so in the interests of the teachers themselves. Mr Issard Davies, chairman of the Staffs astonishment at the amend- ment which had boon moved without a word of explanation. Why didn't the Rev. Ceidiog Roberts object at the committee? There were a largD riumbjr of teachers in the county who wore woiking at iower salaries than they were entitled to, and in the interests of the teachers he objected to any delay Tho amendment, seconded by Mr W. George, as carried ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINA- TIONS: ARE THEY TOO STIFF? The Rev. W. W. Lloyd raised the question of the examinations for entranoo into the County Schools of the county, which, he said, rsqui ed some attention. Mr Issard Davies said that the standard of arithmetic in the elementary schools was very low indeed, and the number of marks gained by those in the lower standard was seriously scandalous. In fact, the teachers in the County Schools had to teach what the children should havo learnt in the elementary schools. Cer- tainly the children should be grounded i.n the three R's. and under the old system they were. Mr J. R. Pritchard complained of the ambi- guity of the questions set at the examinations. For instance, one of the papers required a measurement, but the question was so worded that it was difficult to know whether it was the measurement of a room or of a carpet which was wanted- The Chairman, whilst agreeing with a good deal of what had been said. warned th ■ com- mittee against reducing the standard of the examinations. The complaint as to tho ambi- guity of the questions would be considered by the examiners. Rev. W. W. Lloyd also complained that the questions were not straightforward, and some of them were not within the limits of the syl- labus. Mr Allanson Picton hoped that the stand- ard of the examinations would not be lowered in any war. "FAR TOO MUCH WORK." FEWER SCHOOLS TO BE REPAIR I"r Tho Building Committee reported having discussed at some length the complaints made at the last meeting of the County Council with regard to the heavy outlay involved in the provision of new schools and the improvement of existing schools in various parts of the county, and with view to ascertaining whether it is in any way possible to reduce the expenditure on buildings, and resolved that a deputation, consisting of the Cfcairmaii with Messrs D. P- Williams. Richard Davies and John Owen, be appointed to visit a number of sohoois in various parts of the country, provided by ot..e.r authorities such visit of inspection to be arranged to tak place during the present summer in order that the Education Committee may have the full bene- fit of the experience gained when considering the draft improvement schemes to be carried out next year- Mr Darbiahire, the chai-man of the Euilding Committee, reported tha.t they had undertaken far too much work in the joy of their own hearts, and now they found it absolutely im- possible. owing to the delay in getting the plans adopted by the local authorities, and then by the committee, to get the work done. At t.he beginning of the year, it was hoped to complete fifteen schools, but that was far too heavy a task. as there was so much in hand. The secretary had seen th., Board of Educa- tion concerning the matter, and they had pro- mised to allow the committee to delay L) com- pletion of the schools until next yeU, He warned the County Counoil that unless thev dealt liberally with the schools they would be thrown into considerable expense in a short time Mr R. B. Ellis warmly oomplained of the delay in regard to the Rhosgadfan School. He declared that in view of the general delay they should do with half-timers in the Education Office. How many times had the question of the Rhoegadfan School been b- fore the committee ? There must bo something radically wrong, he said. The Seoretary stated that he was tired of explaining the matter- The fault lay with the Local Government Board. Only last March they required plans of the drainage arrange- ments, and these were sent. but afterwards they changed their tactics and this accounted for the delay- The committee had pressed the department to state definitely what their re- quirements as regarded drainage were. Mr J. R. Pritchard thought that a question should be asked in Parliament concern-ng the tactics of the LocalGovemmentRoard He could quite understand the anxiety of Mr E'lis for the residents in his district blamed him for the delay in building the school, MIXED SCHOOLS. AN INTERESTING DISCUSSION. Regarding the Deiniolen School,the Building Committee explained that it had the policy of the Education Committee, so far, to organise mixed departments wherever pos- sible. Mr Issard Davies pointed out that the Dein- iolen School was a large one. and. therefore, it would be injudicious to convert it into a mixed school. Knowing the language used by Certain classes In Carnarvon he would be very I sorry to see children of respectable < a rents mixing together with children of that class in the elementary sohoois- When they cou'd get staffs of females to educate children of that sox, it was imperative that they should not have mixed sohoois, whioh acted to tha detri- ment of the nation's oharacter. It was their duty to bring up the children as pure-minded as possible, and we —— Mr Allanson Pioton: Why did God put brothers and sisters together ? Mrt Issard Davies (continuing) said it was a matter of exceptional interest to them in

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