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THE PROPOSED NEW SCHOOL AT CLYNDERWEN- "Economist" writes us:—"There is a great deal of misunderstanding and confusion among the good people of Clynderwen at present in connection with the proposed new school. This requires explanation which I propose to give with the hope of being able to expose the hypocrisy of the so-called agitation. The following points should bo borne in mind to be able to understand this business. That fully three-fourths of Clynderwen is in the county of Carmarthen. That is the whole of the north side of the railway bridge, as well as about half of the south side of the said bridge. Another point to be observed is that Brynconin School, which is in the county of Pembroke, is only about one and a quarter miles from the said railway bridge. All the children then who live on the north side of the Clynderwen railway bridge, which means about, three-fourths of the whole, live within' one and a quarter miles or so from the Council School at Brynconin. The grievance alleged is that this school is too far for the children to walk, but this is really only an excuse which has nothing whatever to do with this matter, as the following fact will abundantly prove. Now observe that all the Clynderwen children, with the exception of the few that go to Church there, walk through all weathers all the year round to their places of worship at Llanddssilio, and that not once only, but the large majority walk twice and some even three times, as well as their parents, a good number having to go a good long way further than the school to reach their places of worship. Be- sides this the children often during the week attend meetings at their places of worship, which means another journey. This, I main- tain, is a sufficiently conclusive proof that there is no real need for a school at Clynder- won. Why, then, this terrible waste of public money? Are there not plenty of places all over the county whose needs are ten times more urgent? And we need not look further than the neighbourhood of Bethesda and Peny- groes to see a glaring instance of this, where the poor little children have fully three miles to reach a school. Which is the more urgent case ? Is it the children who live within a mile and a quarter or mile and a half, or the chil- dren who have fully three miles of a rough road to travel to school ? Some three years ago the Carmarthenshire Education Authority had this matter of education at Clynderwen under consideration, which, after being looked into thoroughly, was abandoned as unworkable, presumably. Later on the Pembrokeshire Education Authority took the matter in hand, and ultimately decided, for the sake of peace,' to open an infant school at the Reading Room, which they considered amply sufficient to meet the case. And this most people consider very generous indeed, far too much so to please the people who have to bear the burden. But with this arrangement the Clynderwen folks are represented as not satisfied. The fact is that the people take only the slightest interest in this matter, which is really identical with the interest of an individual whose object is to upset the present arrangement. The educa- tion authority as practical men are bound to pay some regard to economy and expense as well as to efficiency. Now, Brynconin School is a most excellent building, having only been built about five years at a cost of over iZl,800, and this school has ample accommodation and provision ior all the children at Clynderwen, as well as those at LFandissilio. And as the Clynderwen children form about one-third of the whole in school it stands to reason that the removal of those children will involve a most serious loss in money, for it will mean not only the keeping of a full staff of teachers at Clynderwen as well as at Brynconin, whereas the present staff is more than enough for all the children at present. But this is not the only loss. A very large sum of money will have to be spent on the Reading Room, which, by the bye, is a private property, to mako it fit and suitable for the purpose of education. In the face of these facts, which cannot be disputed, it is to be hoped the edu- cation authority will stand firm by their own decision, and will not be dictated to by two or three irresponsible individuals. "As to the so-called petition, the education authority will know exactly what value to set on such humbugs which are the easiest as well as the cheapest things procurable for any purpose under the sun. It would be well for them, therefore, to be on their guard not to be misled by anything that may reach them in the shape of documents in which may be traced the voice, as well as the hand, of some Jacob who has personal interest to serve."


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