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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 83

(1.) Course of Instruction in Public Schools

(1.) Course of Instruction in Public Schools.

83. No child above school age shall be admitted at any public

"School age" defined.

school without the special leave of the Committee, unless such school is a district high school.

"School age" means any age between the years of five and fifteen, reckoned in each case from the last preceding birthday.

84. Every public school shall be conducted in accordance with

Public schools to be conducted in accordance with regulations.

the following regulations (a copy of which regulations shall be conspicuously put up in every such school), namely,—
(1.)The subjects of instruction shall be as follows:—

Course of instruction in public schools.

  • Reading,
  • Writing,
  • Arithmetic,
  • English grammar and composition,
  • Geography,
  • History,
  • Elementary science and drawing,
  • Object lessons,
  • Vocal music,
  • And (in the case of girls) sewing and needlework, and the principles of domestic economy. page 26 But no child shall be compelled to be present at the teaching of history whose parents or guardians object thereto.
(2.)The school shall be kept open five days in each week for at least four hours, two of which in the forenoon and two in the afternoon shall be consecutive, and the teaching shall be entirely of a secular character.
(3.)The school buildings may be used on days and at hours other than those used for public school purposes upon such terms as the Committee may from time to time prescribe.
(4.)The class-books used in the school shall be such only as shall be approved by the Governor in Council.
(5.)The school shall be open at all times to the visits of an Inspector.
(6.)No fees shall be payable at any public school except as hereinbefore provided in the case of district high schools.

Military drill and physical training in certain schools. Playgrounds.

85. In public schools provision shall be made for the instruction in military drill of all boys, and in such of the schools as the Board shall from time to time direct provision shall also be made for physical training, and whenever practicable there shall he attached to each school a playground of at least a quarter of an acre.

Evening schools.

86. Every male teacher having principal charge of a public school may open an evening school for pupils above thirteen years of age, but at such evening schools the teacher may charge a fee for the instruction of such pupils, subject to the approval of the Committee.

Expulsion of children in certain cases.

87. It shall be lawful for the teacher of any school to expel or forbid the attendance of any child for want of cleanliness, or who may be likely to communicate any contagious disease, or who from gross misconduct or incorrigible disobedience may be considered an injurious or dangerous example to the other scholars.

The parent or guardian of any child so expelled or whose attendance has been forbidden shall have a right of appeal, first to the Committee, and finally to the Board of the district.

Itinerant teachers may be appointed.

88. In outlying districts or parts of the country where from the scattered state of the population it is not practicable to establish a public school, the Board may appoint itinerant page 27 teachers under regulations to be provided for that purpose. The Board may also, on the recommendation of the Inspector,

Aided schools.

in such outlying districts which it would be premature or inconvenient to constitute school districts, assist schools started by private enterprise, in books, school apparatus, or money, as the Board shall think expedient : Provided always that the schools so aided shall comply with the provisions of section eighty-four of this Act.