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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70

V.—Teachers and the Education System

V.—Teachers and the Education System.

(a) Attack on the Education System by the 'N.Z. Herald.'

In February, 1891, an article appeared in the 'New Zealand Herald,' a newspaper published in Auckland, containing a number of misleading statements regarding the results of our education system.

At the request of the Hon. the Minister for Education, the Institute drew up an answer to the charges made in the article referred to, and forwarded them to the Minister.

(b) Action of the Institute at the last General Election.

Before last general election of members of the House of Representatives, the Institute drew up a circular asking candidates for seats in Parliament to give their opinions concerning certain matters of interest to teachers, and especially with regard to (1) raising the school age to seven years; (2) limiting the course of instruction to the Fourth Standard; and (3) the Private Schools' Bill introduced by Mr V. Pyke. A copy of this circular was sent to every candidate for a seat in the Otago district, and the replies sent by candidates were published in the Press.