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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Officers:

Officers:

President, W. A. Patterson, Esq; Hon. Secretary and Treasurer J. A. Johnson, Esq., M.A.; Representative on Committee of Management, W. A. Paterson, Esq.

The Committee of the Dunedin Branch has the honour to present the Annual Report for the year 1894-95.

During the session the following syllabus of work was carried out:—
1894.
Aug. 4—"Ambulance" Mr. A. Matthews.
Sept. 1—"The Teaching of the Blind" Mr. W. A. Paterson.
Oct. 6—A discussion on "Classification of Schools and Appointments" Opened by Mr. W. Davidson.
Nov. 3—"A Colonial Scheme of Salaries" Mr. W. J. Moore.
1895.
Mar. 2—"Shakespeare—his Life, Genius, and Personality" Prof. Gilray.
Apr. 6—"Phonography" Mr. J. M. E. Garrow.
May 4—"Sanitation" Mr. G. Balsille.
A special meeting was held on 4th December, 1894, to discuss a classification scheme, proposed by Mr. M. Cohen, when the following motion was passed, embodying objections to Mr. Cohen's proposal:—

"Inasmuch as under the proposed 'Classification of Schools and Positions' and 'Re-arrangement of Salaries,' the page 10 salaries of a large number of teachers are so seriously affected as to produce a very widespread dissatisfaction, the staffing of several large schools is so altered as to disorganise the work, and such a radical change is made in the qualification for promotion as to cause very great discouragement to a large body of the teachers, the Board be respectfully asked to postpone decision with regard to the classification scheme at present before it. so that all teachers may have an opportunity of considering the provisions of the scheme."

The Branch has a membership of 66, being an increase of 4 on that of last year. While the membership has increased, the average attendance has decreased. Last year it stood at 18: this year it has dropped to 17. This excludes the attendance at the special meeting, when there were present 71 teachers.

The thanks of the Branch are due to the Press for full and regular reports of the meetings.

The Balance Sheet shows a credit of £1 7s. 6d.