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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70

Deputation to the Minister

Deputation to the Minister.

Mr D. White, M.A., a member of the Executive Committee, submitted the following report:—The Executive has to report that Messrs C. Watson, G. Macmorran, T. W. Grundy, and D. White met the Hon the Minister for Education at Wellington, in April last, and discussed with him the various resolutions at the last session of the Council. The interview lasted for over three hours, and the Minister evinced the greatest interest in the various questions submitted to his consideration. The Executive is pleased to be able to report that many of the proposals and suggestions brought under the notice of the Minister have been given effect to in the syllabus of instruction recently issued by the Education Department. The executive refer with particular satisfaction to the following changes that have been made in the standards of education :—(a) That grammar has been made a class subject in all the standards except Standard IV. (b) That the geography of Standards III. and V. has been considerably reduced, and (c) that in the matter of history, permission has been given to teachers to make a selection of events from each period upon which the examination will be based. The executive also brought under the notice of the Minister for Education that the [unclear: stattion] fund was being appropriated [unclear: the] building purposes. The Minister [unclear: na] specific reference to the subject [unclear: in] last education report, and [unclear: condemns] precedent as contrary to the spirit [unclear: a] intention of the Education Act. [unclear: A] executive recommends that the [unclear: thanfa] this Council be conveyed to [unclear: the] W. P. Reeves for his courteous [unclear: recep] of members of the executive and [unclear: for] recent beneficial amendments [unclear: to] standards of education.

Mr Grundy seconded the motion [unclear: for] adoption of the report.

The report was then [unclear: unanimw] adopted.