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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 24



By the census, March 1874, it was ascertained that of the European population 68 per cent, could read and write, 8 per cent, could read only, and 24 per cent, could not read.

In the month of December, 1875, the return of schools is as follows:—

Description of Schools. Number of Schools Number of Scholars Males. Females. Total. Common schools, receiving Government aid 599 24,970 20,592 45,562 Superior schools, receiving Government aid 4 428 170 598 Private schools, not receiving Government aid 182 3,206 4,110 7,316 Total 785 28,604 24,872 53,476

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These schools employed 1,605 teachers, viz., 740 males and 865 females.

The ages of the pupils in December, 1875, were :—
Under 5 years 779
From 5 to 15 years 51,902
15 years and upwards 795

But the estimated number of children from 5 to 15 years of age was 90,700—of whom about 8,500 may be reckoned as being educated at home, more or less imperfectly; there would thus remain about 30,300 children at from 5 to 15 years of age who were not receiving any education whatever. This will, however, speedily be remedied by measures recently enacted.

The following is a statement of the income for public school purposes, exclusive of payments for children at private schools and the Auckland Grammar School, which latter is partly endowed by Government lands, viz.:—
Rates 36,004
School fees 25,598
Other sources 4,910
Government grants in aid 111,420
Total receipts for year 1875 177,932