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IN 001 A ""e-J. iM(9;' School Attectfasce. — I RE-ARRANGEMENT OF THE DISTRICT. At the meeting of the Borough Edu- cation Committee on Wednesday evening the Chairman (Coun. D. R. Jones) pre- siding, the question of school attendance was again discussed. The Chairman explained that under the existing arrangement Mr. Walter Williams had 3,786 children to look after in his district, while Mr. John Thomas had 2,861. It had been suggested that by re-arranging the schools allocated to the respective districts Mr. Williams would have 2,976 children to attend to, while Mr. Thomas would have 3,671. Conn. W. Powell Rees: What was the number of children in the schools when the two attendance officcrs assumed their duties. The Clerk replied that there was very little difference. Replying to Ald. H. D. Rees, the Chair- man said the committee thought the at- tendances at the schools were not satis- factory, and the object of the discussion was to ascertain whether the schools could be re-arranged or whether it was advisable to appoint an additional at- tendance officer. In further reply to C-oiin. Powell Rees, the Clerk said the number of children on the registers in 1902 was 5,901, and at present it was 6,600. Ald. Rees: Is it the opinion of this Committee that the monthly half holiday granted for good attendance has been a failure ? The Chairman: I don't think so. Ald. Rees: Well, is the fact that the average attendance is not high Que to illness or circumstances over which we have no control P The Chairman There has been a com- plaint that one of the attendance officers does not discharge his duties as thoroughly as he should. Coun. J. L. Jones pointed out that I the officer in question had seven schools to look after, whereas the other officer only had four. Conn. W. E. Clement: What is the average attendance at the schools now compared with the time when we in- stituted the monthly half-holiday ? The Clerk The average attendance now i is 88 per cent. In'1913 it was 86 per] cent:, in 1914, 81 per cent., in 1915, 87 per cent., and in 1916, 87 per cent. Conn. Clement: So that the monthly half-holiday has been a success ? The Clerk Undoubtedly, as the at- tendance has improved. Coun. J. Walter Thomas said the question was whether the attendance officers were over burdened with work. If so, the committee were losing a consider- able sum annually because assuming the attendance could be improved by 2 per cent. the increased grant would more than compensate them for appointing an additional attendance officer. Personally he thought it would pay the committee to appoint another officer. Ald. Roes said that before any such decision was arrived at he thought the committee should be provided with a re- turn showing the average attendances ot each school for the year. Such a return would, he felt sure, be a revelation to them. Why as attendance at the Roman Catholic School and New Dock so compared with the other schools Coun. Clement: What extra grant would we get for an additional 1 per ceiit in the attendance ? The Clerk: About £20. Replying to Coun. J. Walter Thomas, i the Clerk said the average attendance in England was 92 per cent. I Coun. Clement: It would be just as well to give the attendance officers a holiday when the school attendance reaches a certain percentage (laughter). Coun. Walter T homas said that if the members looked around their respective localities they would find there were children who did not attend any school. The Chairman said the best attendance officer the committee could have would he another school nurse who would have visit the homes and she would know whether the children were ill or not. Ald. Rees: That is a good suggestion. After further discussion. Ald. Joseph Roberts proposed that the schools be so re-arranged that one officer would have 3,345 children to iook after, while the other would have 3,292, and also that the officers should change districts for a period of three months. Coun. J. L. Jones seconded, and this was agreed to.


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