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DUNCLEDDY PETTY SESSIONS.

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HAVERFORDWEST.

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COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION.

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COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION. TO THE ELECTORS OF THE FISHGUARD DIVISION. Ladies and Gentlemen,— At the request of many friends and sup- porters I have decided to again contest the seat on the County Council for the above division. I am told that on the- last occasion I lost the seat I had held for six years solely because of my at,titude on the Education question. I wish to make my position on that. point perfectly clear. I desire that all schools receiving aid from the State or from rates shall be subject to the same official examinations and inspections so that theor efficiency in respect to secular education, to staff, to sanitation, and to con- venience for teaching shall be equally guaran- teed before they receive any public money. But I hold that a great majority of the electors, and almost all the parents of children in Pem- brokeshire desire to have religious instruction given in such schools even more earnestly than they desire secular instruction to be given. I think such religious instruction should be given by persons qualified, by faith and train- ing, to give it; preferably by the teachers if they are both willing and qualified to do so. Of course, to be efficient, such religious teach- ing must be given during compulsory school hours. In Pembrokeshire these are, as a rule, only the children otf parents belonging to the Church of England and to Nonconformists for whom religious teaching, in State schools is required. I hold that each denomination should pay for such religious instruction as the parents belonging to such denomination desire. Seeing that in Pembrokeshire there are now hardly, if any, schools with only one teacher, and that even m English Church schools the assistant teachers are commonly Nonconformists, L believe that the above method of dealing with the difficulty would be fa-r all round, and could (almost without exception) be easily carried into practice. I may add that a system almost identical with the above has been tried, and has been for years successfully carried out in Switzerland, where I think the sectarian differences among the people are unfortunately more clearly defined, and more1 sharply accentuated than in any part of Wales. I have had some years 01 practical experience of a system of State educa- tion of an almost purely secular character. I am convinced that it is harmful to the char- acter of the children; that it tends to foster the material at the expense of the moral sense of those who are to be the citizens and matrons of the country in the course of a few years. But I believe that the abov3 is a form f compromise which is fair and just to all ts; that such difficulties as there are can be easily overcome by those who, like myself, desire not only to see the education question dealt with in the true interests of the children alone, but according to the wishes of their parents, and freed from the animus and draw- backs attaching to party politics, which are out of place in any County Council. I am, your obedient servant, J. C. YORKE. Langton, Dwrbach, Feb. 13, 1907.

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