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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

The Lady Principal of the Girls' High School, Dunedin

The Lady Principal of the Girls' High School, Dunedin.

The lady principal of the Girls' High, School says : I have so often spoken publicly on the examination nuisance that I can only repeat myself. The secondary schools used to be hampered by their leaving examinations only. Now they have the additional incubus of a compulsory examination for all pupils at the end of their second year, this examination deciding whether they may continue at the High Schools or not. The Syllabus for this is constantly changing, but as at present arranged it is a very heavy one indeed, and pressing as it does on the boys and girls at a critical period of their growth and development it has become a serious menace to the health and well being of the rising generation. The only remedy is to "trust the teachers" to accredit their pupils from the primary schools to the secondary, and thence to the university, on the German and American plan