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THE TEACHERS' STRIKE. I Disousslon by Ledbury School I Managers. Rector of Ledbury Supports the I Teachers. At the monthly meeting of the Ledbury School Managers, held on Wednesday night, Mr Spencer H Bickham presiding over a full attendance, the approaching strike of Hereford- shire teachers cropped up on several occasions, and gave rise to discussions, while at the close of the meeting the Rector (the Rev F W Carnegy) boldly essayed to tackle the whole question, but was ruled out of order by the I Chairman, the Rector eventually handing a statement he had prepared to the press. ADVERTISEMENTS REFUSED. I A letter was read from the Schoolmistress I and the Teachers' World refusing advertise- ments for teachers required on the ground that I the teachers had decided to cease work at the I end of January, and hoping that the difficulty ( would soon be settled. EDUCATION COMMITTEE APPOINT I TEACHER FOR THE BOYS' SCHOOL. I A letter was read from Mr A H Burston, of Radstock, Bath, who applied for one of the vacancies on the staff of the boys' school some t.4ane ago, but was too late, again applying for the position and stating that he would be at liberty on February 1. This application was sent on to the managers by Mr J Wiltshire, County Education Secretary, who stated that the Education Committee had appointed him to the position. The Rector Can the Education Committee appoint an assistant teacher without any authority from the school managers ? Mr Hopkins: Oh, yes with County Council Schools the County Education Committee can appoint any person whom they think fit. They cannot in a case of provided schools. The Rector But the present staff hold their appointments on agreements between the school managers and the teachers themsel ves. Mr Parry Are there any more applications ? The Correspondent: Not for the boys' school. The Chairman The point is, is Mr Wiltshire in the position of being able to offer a place to any teacher who applies ? The Rector It makes us in the position of registering clerks. Mr Lawrence: We have al ways made the appointments and they have confirmed them at Hereford. The Chairman The agreements have been between the managers and the teachers. Mr Hopkins As representing the County Council. He went on to say that the matter had been before the Staffing Committee and the decision arrived at was that as far as the volun- tary schools went it left the appointment in the hands of the managers. So far as the County Council schools went the managers were the representatives of the County Council, and the power of appointments was not on all fours with that of the provided schools. At the present time the County Education Committee were living in extraordinary times and they were commencing to-day what was done in other counties in normal times. The same thing would apply with regard to headmistresses for the girls' and infants' schools. When the matter was considered at Hereford the item on the agenda was to consider the desirability of appointing teachers in Council Schools direct in order to avoid delay in the appointments." He moved that Mr. Burston's application be ac- cepted. Mr Parry seconded. It was an exceptional case and they should take that into consideration. Father Lynch Is it necessary He has really been appointed by the County Education Au- thority. We can't object to him educationally. The Rector I shall not vote on the resolu- tion. I should not like to take the responsibility of appointing a teacher in .that way. If the Education Authority have the power to send us a teacher then they have the power and there is an end of it, but I don't wish to take the respon- sibility of voting either for or against. If they can send this teacher to us then they will in spite of us. Father lnynch Is there any neccessity for us to pass a resolution ? The Rector Quite so. They will send the teacher whether we pass a resolution or not. Mr Lawrence We may as well not sit at all. Father Lynch It will bust" up the thing altogether. Mr Hopkins said that was not the question at all. The Education Committee were living in extraordinary times. The Salaries and Stafting Committee had been deputed to go into the matter and they had power to provide teachers for the schools, and they said that for the present, in order to avoid undue delay that particular Committee should proceed with the appointment of teachers. Father Lynch They would not do it in ordinary cases. Mr Hopkins No, no it is only during this position of affairs. Mr Parry: The fact that we make the appointment shows that we still have the authority. The Rector This man has been appointed to the school ? Mr Hopkins Yes. The Rector Then it is done, then. All we can do is to acccept him. Mr Lawrence Mr Wiltshire's telegram shows it. Father Lynch This man's certificates are very good. The Chairman There is no necessity for a resolution at all. They have a right and they have excercised their right. We have nothing to say against the man at all. Mr Lawrence I don't think so, either. REFERRED TO THE N.U.T. I The Correspondent reported the receipt of I communications from the County Education Secretary announcing that the salary of Miss Adams, headmistress of the infants' school, had been increased from :£110 to 2115, and that of Miss Henley, headmistress of the girls' school, from £100 to CllO per annnm, asking that the mistresses be informed of the ineresaw, and that i the County Education Secretary should be notified within seven days if they would with- draw their resignations. The Correspondent further reported that he notified Miss Adams and Miss Henley as directed, asking if they desired to withdraw their resignations. Miss Henley replied that the matter was in the hands of the N. U. T. and only through that body could she honourably withdraw her resignation, and Miss Adams replied that her case was in the hands of the N.U.T., and a reply to the letter would be sent to the County Education Authority. RESIGNATIONS OF TEACHERS. I The Chairman reported that he had received ( the resignations of all the assistant teachers with the exception of Miss Paul and had forwarded them to Mr Wiltshire, the County Education Secretary. The Rector said he would like to express his opinion on the matter, and he did not like to allow the resignations to be sent on to Hereford without offering any opinion at all. He did not think they should accept the resignations of their assistant teachers without expressing their opinion. The Chairman: Do you wish to move a resolution ? The Rector. I propose to express certain opinions and then to move a resolution. If you think this is not the place to go into this matter I will obey your ruling and simply move my resolution. Mr Hopkins Can you propose a resolution on the matter ? The Rector I should suggest in my resolution that we hand on the resignations under protest. In fairness to myself as a manager and to the teachers I should like to suggest that we pass on these resignations under protest. The Chairman Why do you say under pro- test ? The Rector We dislike doing it exceedingly. I am in utter dismay and distress that we as a body of managers with three as valuable staffs as three schools could possess, should have to receive their resignations. Father Lynch We can't protest. The Rector We can protest, but it may have no result whatever. I wish it to be understood that we think strongly on this matter. The Chairman Whatever my own views may be I don't think this is the proper time to air them. Mr Lawrence I entirely associate myseif with the views of Mr Carnegy and I should have liked to have seconded his resolution. The Chairman You have heard what I have said with regard to it, and I consider it very undesirable that we should discuss it. The Rector; You don't think we should express our views on the question, and let the authorities know what we think about it ? The Chairman I don't wish to express any sympathy for or against in any shape or way, but I think it will be better if, as a body of managers, we do not discuss it. The Rector If we don't express our opinion the Education Authority will not know what we think. Mr Hopkins They know already. The Chairman How do they know ? Mr Hopkins This sort of thing is always expressed. We have had it every meeting. The Chairman I am sure you have not heard any expression of opinion from me. Mr Hopkins agreed. The Rector They don't know what we think and they ought to know. Mr Lawrence I should like to see a resolu- tion sent to the Board of Education about the matter. The Chairman I have ruled already we will not discuss it. The meeting then closed and the Rector handed the following statement to the press We allowed the resignations elf our head teachers to be forwarded to the Hereford Educa- tion Authority without offering any opinion on the matter at all. I do not think that we ought to pass on the resignations of the assistant teachers, which have now been sent in to us, without expressing our opinions, either unitedly as a Board, or individually as managers, upon the crisis that has arisen. I confess it is with feelings of unmixed dismay that I see that we, as a Board of Managers responsible for the good management of the three schools in this parish, are face to face with the possible loss of the valuable and efficient body of teachers, which, at present, constitute the staff of the three schools. These teachers have our fullest confidence. There is not one of them who is not doing excellent work, and in whom we do not put our complete trust, and I repeat that it fills me with distress to feel that we are in danger of losing their services, and we certainly ought not to allow this to happen, without expressing our opinion. In my opinion it will be a disaster of the first magnitude if all schools are deprived of their services, not only on account of their capability as teachers, but also on account of the good influence they have upon the children, and because of the excellent example which they set before them. It may be said, in reply, that the teachers have brought this unhappy state of things upon themselves that the solution of it lies entirely with them. Strictly speaking, no doubt, that may be correct, but I, for one, would like it to be known that lam one of those who think that if a little more sympathy had been shown them, if there had been a little more readiness on the part of the Education Authority to meet the reasonable requests of the teachers for an increase of their small salaries in the past, this deplorable controversy would never have arisen, and I am bound to say that in my opinion, at any rate, the balance of responsibility which has brought about this crisis lies at the door of the Education Authority, and not with the teachers, and I have reason to think that I am not alone in my contention. The question of a scale, for which the teachers are standing out, is, perhaps, not for us to discuss, though personally I think it a most reasonable request, and I believe that this unhappy controversy will not be settled until it is settled right, that is, by giving a fair and just scale to them. The Education Authority have tacitly allowed that the teachers have a grievance which required immediate remedy, as they have to some small extent, very hurriedly, increased the salaries of a few of the head teachers, but, even so, these increases do not seem to have been very wisely made. For the present, I suppose there is nothing else for us to do, as a Buard of Managers, than to forward these resignations to Hereford, but if we could at the same time do so under protest and with real regret, I think we should only be letting the authorities in Hereford know what we feel about the matter in Ledbury, and that we feel very strongly on the question. Personally, as a manager, I shall feel myself quite unable to take any responsibility in appointing any new teachers to fill the places of those who have resigned. I do not suppose that my few remarks will have much weight, but I feel it is due to the schools, of which I am a manager, to the teachers who are doing such excellent and steady work in those schools, and also to my- self, to express the great dislike I have even to forward these resignations to Hereford, and if, as a Board of Managers, we are against attaching our strong protest in doing so, I hope that the Correspondent, when he writes to the Authority, will, at the same time, make it quite clear that I, at any rate, regret the line of action that they have seen fit to take, and how much I hope that even at this eleventh hour they will reconsider the decision at which they have I arrived. -♦

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