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The Secretary to the Local Committee submitted the following report:
“ The examination of the scholars of the school at this station was held on the 18th September. It was conducted by the members of the committee, in the presence of a large assembly of the respectable native residents of the town, and the result was considered satisfactory and creditable.
" The committee is of opinion that the boys in general have made during the past year as much progress in their studies as could have been expected, in the absence of a second English teacher, to share the duties of that department with Mr. Mann. To the persevering exertions and untiring patience of the latter, as sole teacher of the English branches of learning, the scholars owe whatever progress they have made, and the committee consider that much credit is due to Mr. Mann.
" Arrangements for improving and increasing the school and securing the support of the native gentry of this district are under consideration, and the committee hope shortly, after the opening of the courts, to submit a report of their proceedings for the approval of the Council of Education.'
The following is the report of the Local Committee: “ There are no students at present qualified to compete for scholarships. “ No changes of any moment have occurred during this session which need be laid before the Council. The number of boys on the 30th September 1850 amounted
71 Left during the past year,
16 Remaining old students on the 30th September 1851, ...: 55 Add new admissions from the 1st October 1850, to 30th
September 1851, whose names are still on the books,.. 22 Total students on the 30th September 1851,
“ The students here enumerated are divided into three classes. The first class, consisting of six boys, were examined by Mr. Hodgson, a member of the Committee, and Lieutenant Chesney of the Engineers. The last mentioned gentleman expressed high satisfaction at the progress made in arithmetic and algebra. History, poetry and geography also formed subjects of examination, and in each branch of these studies the examiners signified great approbation.
" The second class is composed of ten boys, who were examined by Mr. Sandys in reading, history, grammar, geography and arithmetic.
“There are four divisions in the third class, of which the first and second were examined by Mr. Travers, and the third and fourth by Mr. Sandys and Mr. John Brown, who have all expressed very favorable opinions upon the acquirement, cleanly appearance and desire to improve manifested by the boys generally. It is certainly characteristic of the whole of this establishment that no boy is unable to explain thoroughly whatever he has been taught, and this is highly creditable to the instructive department.
“The Oriental studies of all the boys were placed under Mouluvee Moohummud Rafiq, the principal sudder ameen, for examination and report. His remarks are on the whole satisfactory, but he seems to think that more time should be devoted by the boys generally to the literature of their own country if they desire to excel in it.
“ Two additional masters have been asked for, one in the English, and the other in the Vernacular department. These the Council of Education have been pleased to recommend for sanction to Government, and the placing of the repairs of the school house under the Department of Public Works is under consideration.
“ No fund has hitherto been available to the Local Committee for awarding prizes. If the Council see fit to recommend that a portion of the surplus subscriptions for support of the school be devoted to this object, it would afford high satisfaction to all parties, and be undoubtedly beneficial to the establishment.
“ There is no such thing as a regularly appointed library at the school, and this is a subject on which the Committee have also cause to express much regret. A few copies of several sorts of books, chiefly elementary, are kept for sale, but many even of these the students are unable to purchase for want of means--what is required, seems to be a school library maintained as part of the establishment, from which books can be lent for perusal and study. The Committee think that this might be gradually commenced from the surplus school fund, but they would also earnestly solicit a donation from the Government of good standard works in a cheap substantial form for the use of the school.
“ In conclusion the Committee express their sense of the increasing value of the Gya School, and their hope that it will continue to meet with the patronage of Government, so long as it maintains its present character. The services of the head master, Pundit Balmokand, are highly appreciated by every person with whom he becomes connected."