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educational facilities in the respective districts were considered sufficient present requirements; 4 applications were deferred pending inquiries regarding suitable sites, and further particulars are being sought respecting the remaining 46 applications. Saturday classes were approved at 16 centres.

ATTENDANCE OF CHILDREN.

5. For the year 1915 the gross enrolment was 835 in High schools, 123,479 in State schools, and 2,005 in Provisional schools, making a total of 126,319 (Table C).

6. The net enrolment, or number of distinct children, was 741 in High schools, 108,394 in State schools, and 1,641 in Provisional schools; total, 110,776.

7. The average daily attendance was 631 in High schools, 83,096 in State attendance. schools, and 1,381 in Provisional schools; total, 85,108; showing an increase of 1,794 on the average daily attendance for 1914.

Increase.

Cause of increase.

Compulsory age.

Summonses issued.

8. The average daily attendance was 76.8 per cent. of the net enrolment ; about equal to the percentage on the return for 1914, and an increase of 7 per cent. on the return for 1913.

9. There is a continued improvement in the quality of the attendance, attributable largely to the operations of the amended clauses relating to compulsory attendance-clauses which came into force from 1st July, 1912.

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE.

10. The duties of attendance officers are performed by the police: in the discharge of these duties they have maintained their high standard of efficiency.

11. Attendance at school on every day upon which school is open is compulsory; pupils must attend until they reach the age of fourteen unless, previous to that age, they have reached the required standard of education; hence, as shown in paragraph 9 above, there has resulted a marked improvement in regularity of attendance.

12. Summary proceedings are not taken until careful investigations are made by the attendance officers and they have satisfied themselves that the absence of the child has been due to the carelessness or wilful neglect of the parents. 13. The compulsory clauses are administered fairly and without undue harshness.

Where the teachers work.

Number of visits increased.

Additional teachers appointed.

ITINERANT TEACHERS.

14. The system of Itinerant Teachers was introduced in 1901, when a teacher was appointed to travel throughout the South-western parts of the State. In 1907 two additional teachers were appointed-one for the Centre and one for the North. The Itinerant Teachers travel in the sparsely-settled districts, where there are neither Provisional schools nor Part-time schools; the children whom they try to reach are those belonging to selectors, stockmen, boundary-riders, grooms, fencers, carriers, timber-getters, fossickers, and the like, who are unable to pay for tutors or governesses, or to send their children to schools to be educated. 15. So that the whole of our territory in the sparsely-settled districts of the South-west, Central-west, and North-west may be visited by the Itinerant Teachers, and so that each family may be visited at least four times a year, and the visit be of longer duration than could be arranged heretofore, nine additional teachers were appointed from 1st January, 1909.

16. In order that the visits of the Itinerant Teachers might be more frequent and of longer duration, it was necessary that additional teachers should be appointed; and, in fulfilment of a promise made to Parliament, the Government made provision on the Estimates for 1910-11 for four additional teachers. They commenced work at the beginning of 1911.

district.

17. The field of the Itinerant Teachers was extended from the 1st January, New 1912, by the addition of another district, namely, the Clermont District, which contains about 28,000 square miles.

districts.

18. There are at present 17 districts worked by Itinerant Teachers, but Number of the area of the individual districts should be reduced, and more teachers appointed to make the scheme more effective.

The dry conditions prevailing in many parts of the State, and the enlistment of several of the Itinerant Teachers, seriously interfered with the work during 1915.

work done.

19. The following table shows, in a condensed form, the amount of work Amount of performed by the Itinerant Teachers during 1915:

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20. The larger districts, of course, embrace much territory which is not peopled at all; hence the apparent disparity in the size of the districts.

21. Dividing the expenditure for 1915 in connection with this work Expendi (£6,860 7s. 4d.) by the number of children visited (1,369) gives an average of ture. £5 Os. 3d. per child. The average cost of a pupil in a Provisional school, calculated on a corresponding basis, would be £5 12s. 9d.

TEACHERS EMPLOYED.

22. At the end of 1915, the total number of teachers employed was 3,761, Number of an increase of 289 for the year.

23. The tabular statement below gives the numbers in detail:

teachers.

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24. The total number of teachers employed in High schools was 28 males Teachers in and 14 females.

High schools.

Teachers in

High, State,

25. The following is a comparative view of the number of teachers employed and 'in High, State, and Provisional schools respectively at the end of 1915:

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26. Dividing the average daily attendance by the number of teachers Puh teacher, employed, it is found that in 1915 the average number of pupils taught by each teacher was-in High schools, 15; in State schools, 23-2; in Provisional schools, 13.4; and in all schools, 22.9.

Status of teachers.

Classified

27. The corresponding averages for the year 1914 were respectively15.2, 24.3, 15.4, 24.

28. Table D shows that in 1915, of the entire teaching staff, 1,879 were classified; 924 were unclassified; and 958 were pupil-teachers.

29. The number of classified teachers in each rank, and the number of teachers and pupil-teachers in each class at the end of the year, are shown in the following condensed statement :

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Promotions in lower grades.

30. Particulars respecting promotions made in 1915 appear in the following

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31. With the exception of 20 pupil-teachers who were promoted from 1st July, 1915, these promotions took effect from 1st January, 1915, and increased salary has been paid from that date.

32. Of the 1,879 classified teachers, 119 are ex-pupil-teachers, admitted to classified into Class III., Division 3, from 1st January, 1915; 9 are teachers who were previously unclassified, but were admitted into Class III., Division 3, during the year, after having passed the necessary examination, and having completed at least two years' satisfactory service; and 18 are assistant teachers on probation who were admitted to Class III., Division 3, having passed the necessary examination.

33. The grade promotions for meritorious service were :

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From Class III., Division 2, to Class III., Division 1
From Class III., Division 1, to Class II., Division 3
From Class II., Division 3, to Class II., Division 2
From Class II., Division 2, to Class II., Division 1
From Class II., Division 1, to Class I., Division 3
From Class I., Division 3, to Class I., Division 2
From Class I., Division 2, to Class

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34. These promotions took effect from 1st July, 1915.

LEFT THE SERVICE.

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35. The number of teachers who left the service during the year 1915 was Number who 301-90 males and 211 females. The corresponding number for 1914 was 285. The number of teachers readmitted was 80-28 males and 52 females.

36. The tabular statement below gives the status and sex of the teachers Status and who left in 1915:

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37. An analysis of the reasons assigned for retirement gives the following Reasons for results :

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TEACHERS SERVING WITH THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCES.

38. Since the outbreak of the war, 305 officers and teachers connected with this Department have enlisted for service with the Expeditionary Forces of the Commonwealth. Of these, 29 have been officially reported as killed, wounded, or missing. Disabled teachers who, after their return to Queensland, were eventually discharged as unfit for further military duties, but who have sufficiently recovered to resume their civil duties, have been re-appointed to the Service with their previous status. In some cases, where the strain of teaching

Number of centres.

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Details of examination.

subsequently proved too severe, appointments in other branches of the Public Service have been secured. For other disabled soldiers our Technical Colleges are providing special instruction in subjects acceptable to the individual and likely to ensure remunerative occupation in the future. Each case is dealt with on its merits.

· ANNUAL GENERAL EXAMINATION.

39. The annual general examination of teachers throughout the State was held in December. There were 72 centres, of which 13 were in charge of district inspectors, and 59 were in charge of police magistrates or clerks of petty sessions or their deputies, or other persons specially appointed, assisted by school committees.

40. The number of teachers examined was 1,262, or 130 less than the corresponding number for 1914, and included 156 teachers of Roman Catholic schools. Details of the examination are given in the following table :—

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Thirty other candidates obtained 50 per cent. or over of the maximum marks allotted, and made a partial pass, but failed in one or more subjects in which they obtained less than one-fourth of the total marks.

Twenty-eight candidates have not completed their examination, having yet to be examined in reading, drill, and class teaching.
The examinations for Class II. and Class I. may be taken by instalments from year to year, and generally are so taken. The passes here
recorded are for the completed examinations only.
The percentage of passes in selected subjects was-for Class II., 577; for Class I., 69 2.

CANDIDATE PUPIL-TEACHERS' EXAMINATION.

41. The seventh competitive examination was held in June, 1915.

42. The centres of examination and the number of pupil-teachers required at each centre were as follows:

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Number of successful

candidates.

43. One hundred and nineteen candidates sat for the examination, and 85 obtained over 50 per cent. of marks (14 males and 71 females).

44. Twenty-two candidates were successful in gaining places, namely

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