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Radnorshire Education EXEMPTION OF CHILDREN FOR WORK ON FARMS. At the Radnorshire Education Committee at* Llan- drindod on Friday there were present Aid. C. C. Rogers (chairman), Mr J. R. Bache (vice-chairman), Mrs C. C. Rogers, Mrs W. Green-Prictj, Mrs R. Morgan, Rev. J. Roland Pryce, Messrs. D. Jones, J. O. Jenkins, and H. D. Phillips, Councillors Rev. H. L. Kewley, S. B. Meredith, T. L. Vaughan, H. Duff Gordon, H. Evan- Thomas, W. Roberts, W. M. Baylis, J. Hurst, J. 0. But- ton, J. Hamer, T. Davies, E. Williams, B. P. Lewis, E. Lewis (Major) J. M. Gibson-Watt, W. Green-Price, R. Hughes, and W. V. Weale, with the clerk (Mr H. Vaughan-Vaughan), and the surveyor (Mr W. Alec Millward). The main business was the passing of the reports, which have already appeared in our columns, and several matters which are reported under separate headings. A letter was read from the Board of Education call- ing attention to the fact-that an uncertificated teacher was now in charge of Ffynon-gynydd School, the master being away on military service. The Board had not been informed of this or consulted in the matter, and they only discovered this by the visit of one of their inspectors. Attention was called to the regulations in the matter, and the committee was asked to state what steps had been taken to secure the services of a qualified head teacher. Mr Baylis said the managers had made the best ar- rangement that seemed possible to them, and Mrs Lup- ton, the teacher in question, was engaged in teaching before her marriage, and since both at Llanbister, and at her present school. The matter was referred to the Salaries Committee. Mrs C. C. Rogers called attention to the proposals of the Central Welsh Board for the re-construction of edu- cation in Wales, and asked when the matter was going to be considered. The chairman said they could not go into that matter that day. Mr H. D. Phillips pointed out that a circular before them that day dealt with this matter, and that the report was before them as all members had been pro- I vided with copies. It was a valuable and important report, and was the result of exhaustive inquiry and I study by experts in education. It had been adopted by the Central Welsh Board by a unanimous vote as the basis for the drafting of a reconstruction scheme, and it had been referred to the Education Authorities. Universities, and he thought the Welsh Members for their observations and considered judgment. These replies had to be in by the autumn, and they ought to be prepared to give some considered judgment on the question at their October meeting. The chairman said he would agree to any suggestion that Mrs Rogers and Mr Phillips put forward, and they then proposed that the matter should be considered by a special committee to consist of the chairman, vice- chairman, the chairmen of committees, and Mr H. D. Phillips. This was agreed to. Speaking to the Agricultural Instruction Committee's report, Mr J. Hamer said there had been a good desl of misunderstanding in the county about the securing of soldiers to assist in the hay harvest. People did not know where to send their applications to. For Pa?t- ), norshire, these applications should be sent to the Lab- our Exchange, Newtown, and they would then be for- warded to the different depots. So far as possible, help ¡ would be sent. Railway fares would be paid to the nearest station, but the farmer must arrange for cOll-1 vevance from the itilway station to the farm. No farmer was compelled to keep a man if he did not suit. He feared it was rather late now for making these facts known, bnt the grain harvest was before them, and men would be wanted then. Speaking to the report of the Buildings Committee. Mr W. Green-Price extended a welcome to Major Gib- son-Watt. who was present on leave, and he added that so far as the committee knew, the work of the surveyor was being satisfactorily done by Mr Millward. the deputy appointed by Mr Wellings Thomas, but if there were matters anywhere which needed attention. managers of schools should make them known. Orders were given for some repairs to be carried out at Norton school. Mr W. Green-Price stated that the General Purposes Committee had considered suggestions made by Mont- gomery for the closing of Dernol School, but they felt that the closing should only be temporary. There seemed something wrong somewhere as this was a com- paratively new school, which cost £ 750 to build. At present, there were scarcely any children near the school, but the time would probably come when there would be young people there again, and the school, should then be re-opened. Mr B. P. Lewis agreed. Three-fourths of the cost l of the school was paid by the parishes which it served. It was in a beautiful situation, and convenient for the three parishes of St. Harmon, Cwmdauddwr (Rad- norshire), and Liangurig (Montgomery). Montgomery was keen for the school when it was built, and although at the moment there were not many children to go. in ihe opinion of the managers there would he sufficient scholars for the re-opening of the school in course of time. He hoped the school would only be closed tem- porarily.-Tlii., was agreed to.—Major Gihson-Watt pointed out that it would be important to keep the school in proper repair, and Mr Green-Price said this would be attended to by Montgomery. Mr J. O. Bufton called attention to the very large number of exemptions which had been granted by the Attendance Committee. These certificates had been given so freely that parents were taking their children out of school without waiting for the committee's con- sent. Things seemed to be taken for granted. This sort of thing was resulting in the loss of grant. £ 500 less was expected in grants this year than two years ago, and R300 less than last year. That was an aver- age of £ 400 per year. He thought more care should be taken in giving these certificates, but he did not wish to see help with-held from farmers where there was real difficulty. Mr T. Davies said it was in no way the fault of the committee that parents were taking their children out of school without permission, and they intended to deal firmly in cases where this was done. They must, how- ever, take into consideration the scarcity of labour, and that many of these applications came from boys who were close on 14 years of age. The committee con- sidered that such boys would be of great service in the harvest fields just now. (Hear, hear). The chair- man of the committee (Dr. Harding) was always most careful in this matter, and had often pointed out that they were losing grants by these exemptions. They had not granted certificates only in cases where they were satisfied that the applications were justified. Mrs Rogers said that in several instances farmers had employed boys and girls without the consent of the committee, and the committee were determined that this should not be done. Exemptions must not be taken in a hole and corner way, but a case must he made out to the satisfaction of a committee before a child was taken. Mr J. Hamer said the attendances in two of the dis- triet., were better this year than last year. That was satisfactory. He did not advocate that girls should be taken out too young, but it was important that country girls should learn to milk when they were young, and in his view that and house work was real education. (Hear, hear).

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