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1 CARDIFF SCHOOL BOARD. A Question of Grants. A monthly meeting of the above body was held fét the Town-hall' on Thursday, Mr Lewis Williams presiding, and there being also present Revs. C. J. Thompson, Vincent Sank z, G. A. Jones; Messrs J. Gory, J. Guuti, T. Iiees; and Drs J Idwards and Wallace. GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE SCHOOL GRANTS. I I be report of this committee stated that in the last Government schedule of grant to Severn-road board school a sum of JM5 3s was shown to have been deducted from the gross 1;rant earned by the school under article 114 ot the new code. In calculating last month the 2-5ths layable to the teachers, the sum withheld by the/iOVernment was, with the sanction of this commit«e> first de- ducted, and the teachers were paid 2-b^ of the residue only. The committee, on re-consileration were of opinion that it would not be fanto the teachers who had worked well during the 'lear and obtained the "excellent" grant, to sublet them to a loss for which they were not responsibk and it was therefore resolved to recommend that they should receive two-fifths of the full grant. Applications from candidates to fill vacancies of the teachers were examined, and it was resolved to invite the following to attend the board meeting :—Wm. George Powell (Bargoed), Samuel .Davies (Fochriw), Wm. James Hole (Canton), Dan Burn (Roath), James Davies (Blaina), and J. D. K. C. Davies (Cvvmavon).—A letter, dated 19th December, from the Great Western Railway Company, was read. The company ask the board to sell them a small corner of the Wood-street playground, about 24 square yards in extent, for the purpose of improving at the turn a new road proposed to be made from the bridge at the end of Wood-street to the railway station.— It was resolved to recommend the board to com- ply with this request. In consequence of objec- tions made by residents and owners of property in Romilly-road to the proposed site, the com- mittee agreed to recommend the board to adopt another site in Pembroke-road, or near thereto, subject, however, to the following conditions That the owners consent to sell without a provi- sional order, and that all necessary roads and sewers be first made. After seeing the candidates for the vacant teacherships, the board appointed the following: Messrs Powell, Hole, J. Davies, and J. D. K. C. Davies. The report of the committee was adopted. THE HIGHER GRADE SCHOOL. I The higher grade school committee suggested in a report that the following should be subjects of instruction in the higher grade schoolBoys chemistry, mechanics, animal physiology, physics, (i) sound, light, and heat, (ii) magnetism and elec- tricity girls botany, animal physiology, and domestic economy. The CHAIRMAN mentioned, with respect to the opening of the school by Mr Mundella, that he had received a letter from Lord Aberdare, whose guest the right hon. gentleman would be, stating that Mr Mundella would visit Cardiff on Tues day, the 13th inst., to open the school in the afternoon, and address a public meeting in the Public hall. Queen street, in the evening. Intimations of the exact time at which the ceremony would take place-he thought about 2.30-would be sent out, and he hoped all the members of the board would attend. The opening of the school, he thought, would be formal, and that Mr Mundella would reserve him- self for the evening. The Mayor was very anxious that the town should show its appreciation of Mr Mundelln's efforts on behalf of education, and he had decided to give a banquet on Wednesday afternoon, to which members of the school board were to be invited. The report was adopted. SCHOOL GRANTS. The Rev. C. J. THOMPSON, in accordance with notice, called attention to the 114th clause of the new code of the Education Act, which he called a fining clause. A school might earn a large as the result of good management and great UUC ac- cording to this clause tiie grant must not exceed the greater of two definite amounts. One was tiie capitation grant of 17s 6d on the average attendance. It the grant made by a school was in excess of that, then it was knocked off, but there was a saving clause—that if the income of the school, minus the grant received, was equal in amount to, or greater than, the amount earned, then the whole grant might be received. This pressed very bard on all schools, he said. The Severn-road School had been iiiiiietpci, aicer me last inspection, in a sum of B95 on the grant earned, the result of which was a loss to the management of the school whilst it led to some- thing* like a misunderstanding between the board and its teachers. Inasmuch as the government grant was intended to encourage food work in a school, and to support the school everv school, he contended was entitled to the full amount of wiiat it earned. The clause seemed to him to put a pr.imiu'ii upon inefficiency, extravagant expenditure, and acted as a dis- couragement. He moved This board present a memorial to the Education Department setting forth the hardships resulting from the operation of clause 114 of the new code, and praying for its repeal or such a modification of its existing pro- visions as will allow an efficient school to receive in full the grant it earns in examination." The CHAIRMAN asked Mr Thompson whether it would not serve his purpose to oppose that motion upon the effect of the change on the Severn-road school. L- RPMOMAS JEES, who seconded Mr Thomp- son s motion, ion, tciy strongly on mis matter, and thought the arrangement imposed by the clause most unwarranted. There was one satis- faction, and that was that the Education Act as well as the code were tentative in their character, and he tfiou^K*. that possibly a strung representation as to the injustice and impolicy of the clause might lead to its alteration- It was quite out of harmony with the Education Act and its intention. It was not a pleasant thing by any means for a board or school management to contemplate earning j.1 Qs lOd for every pupil presented, and then to receive only 17s 6d. He regarded it.. in the worc.s of Mr Thompson, as putting a premium UD^n inefficient teaching. "The CHAIRMAN thought Mr Thompson would recollect that there was a discussion in the House on this clause, and that the idea was to maintain and increase the efficiency of the schools. He thought it was a part of the compact made when Mr Gladstone was asked to "ive an extra 25 per cent. to the voluntary schools. He knew it was shown at that time that the clause was a safeguard, and referred principally to the voluntary schools. The clause had come into force since the voluntary schools obtained an increase of 25 per cent., and the view then taken by the education advisers in the House was that without such a clause many of the schools would be dependent solely upon the children's pence, and what could be got from the Government grant, and that unless there was a qualification such as this, efforts would not be made by managers of the so-called voluntary schools to get up subscriptions. As far as they were concerned he thought the reason for the course taken with respect to theSevern-roadBoard School was indicated clearly if they referred to the Government Inspector's report upon it last year and this. It stated last year, The teaching staff would bear strengthening." That was in the boys' school. This year the report said, There have been vacancies in tne staff which were not promptly and properiv tilled up. He (the chairman) took it that the IHth clause was intended to keep up the efficiency of the schools the department thought that otherwise scnools might secure the grant uy merely teaonmg toe three R/s. He again suggested that Mr Thomp- son should deal with the Severn-road School on its own meriti. Mr lilacs thought the remarks of the chairman called for his attention, as those which referred to the staff at Severn-road School reflected upon him. The CHAIRMAN It is not a reflection upon yourself, L.i Mr GUNN said it would not be creditable to them as a board, and it would not be justice to the ratepayers to punish people who had worked so admirably as the Severn-road teachers. There might be cases in which it was necessary to keep the teaching staff up to a standard of efficiency by such a clause as this, but in the present case the circumstances were wholly different. If Mr Thompson would confine his resolution to the particular case of the Severn-road School he would support it, but he thought it would be rather cut of the province of the board to express an opinion upon the working of the clause else- where, as they were not familiar with it. Mr KEES said Mr Greig's school was referred,-0 as being" somewhat understaffed. A.ccordin< the inspector's report, he found there '-as an average attendance of 297 boys there > occa- sionally to be found in that school ab-it OUD boys possibly. Now, so long as the boar* provided a staff which the department demand as c miyii- mum, what could the departir at fciay He wa: prepared to say that the boavl hail gone a way beyond this. He ve particulars of teaching staff, and said -oat 360 boy-, wc. vfripil for wlifclj was & ion £ the E(i,lct)tio], D»pwtm«nr- mm'uimn. Vhen why should th.v o« t,, Keening :i J')W ."111. I. ■• girls school V, ;,r.iii'cd t!i:t thcro might nav times when .he staff hingt d on the m«..in> im, but it could not be helped when t.nchci> were but it could not be helped when t.nchci> were d, and staved Jiyay- Teachers were n<>> -"Pt on a ghelf labellsd and ready for use. N.o.witas>,aod- 1 in;! all this, charge Jroupht ;)1. the J insp?s'totV reporr were m all itonsedaft, and that t: .• v»«,-e nrvi" 1 who wanted to jftstifv < "i'' iisPmc- xu th- course of some other rem • :IIJ,< that the i-avern-road Sch •'»*.t=. rb.cr'-jocessor. )r« Wales, it having pa d cent., •/ad obtained "he highest pos- arov. Re C. J. THOM; "L were fonr i; nÍ ri clauses, ha '•>«■«• Å road Board School had been lined 1", ;n-ttic? n*T of the staff, it would ha ;¡ been fined, not uade*" clause 114, but under an other clause, and, ther: fore, the remarks of the chairman with respect i- the inspector's report did not apply. After some other dkcusiion, and an amend- i ment having been proposed by the chairman and j duly seconded by Ml Gunn, the Rev. C. J. Thompson so altered his resolution w to meet too views of the proposer of the aiiieidm.,3tit, and the j resolution which was a read as i"iiows ) "This board having hadbefore it the last report on the Severn-road School (according to which tnaft | school suffers a deduction of £ 95j, and clause of the code, and having considered the questia'> generally, present a memorial to tiie Education Department setting for'.h the harrtstnpe resulting crom such clause, ard praying either for its repeal 01 for such a modification of its existing psovisions as wil allow au efficient school to recer-'e m £\).1 • th* script it eatiis in examination j There »ra> no other uu.sine,-s of public inteiasi- |