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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Chapter XVI

Chapter XVI.

The District is governed, so far as Education is concerned, by the Taranaki and the Wanganui Education Boards, as part of the State Education of the Colony. The first named board, at 31st December, 1905, had under its control 76 schools, 138 teachers and assistants, and 4,952 scholars on the rolls, whilst the average attendance was 4,249. The Wanganui Board had in this district 28 schools with 2,255 scholars on the roll and an average attendance of 1,294.

There are three High Schools in the District. The New Plymouth High School, situated in a high and healthy position, with ample playgrounds, has an average attendance (1906) of one hundred pupils, about half of whom are free scholars, sent up from the State schools—the rest pay a fee of £6 per annum.

The Stratford District High School (with which is combined the local State school) for last year had an average attendance of 464, both boys and girls.

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Hawera District High School, for the same period, had an average attendance of 47, There is, in addition, a Technical School in working order both at Stratford, and Hawera, and a large new one building at New Plymouth.