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First Class.—“ Eight boys. All present. Average age, 16 years. “ The annual examination of the Akyab school was held on the 3rd of
October 1851. The classes of the English Result of the examinations department were examined by the Revd. of the various Classes.
J. E. W. Rotton, A. M. Chaplain in Arracan, and by Lieut. W. F. Nuthall, the executive officer, who kindly gave their assistance; and also by Mr. A. Savigny, the head master. Captain Tickell, the Superintendent of the school, was from sickness unable to attend. It is with much pleasure that I here annex the observations of the Revd. Mr. Rotton upon the first class. That gentleman's recent arrival in India, and this being the first opportunity he has had of testing the acquirements of Asiatic boys, renders his opinion regarding them interesting and valuable.
Biography:-“. I was much pleased with the acquaintance of the class generally with the subject. Poetical Reader.-". By no means bad ; a difference of tone, but general intelligence. English Grammar.– Class
very well up in general, and showing very 'fair intelligence.
English Composition or Dictation.—". The class inferior, with excep* tion of boys Nos. 7 and 8 (Ahnoo and Twineoung) both of them very good.
History.". Very good; an intelligible acquaintance with facts.
Geography.—“ • I had not time to examine very thoroughly, but the ‘result was creditable.
Arithmetic.—" Very good; exhibiting a very fair acquaintance with rules.
General Remarks.-"* I think we have occasion for congratulation on • the general result of the examination. I speak unaffectedly when I say *I am most agreeably surprised. I am certain no European boys, when all circumstances are duly weighed, would have surpassed, many would not have equalled them. In History, Grammar, Biography and general information of nearly all subjects, they are most respectable.
“ “ The boy of this class who obtained the highest number for proficiency, ' was Ahnoo, a Chinese, eleven years old, and book prizes were awarded to * him as noted above. Next to him was Thadoon, an Arakanese, aged “21 years, who also received prizes for general proficiency. The progress of this class I consider very satisfactory, and it reflects great credit upon the head master, Mr. Savigny, whose care and attention to the school under his charge I know to be unremitting.' Second Class. — “ Six boys. Four present. Average age, 13 years.
“ The examination of this class was undertaken by Lieutenant W.F. Nuthall, who reports as follows:
“ • This class consists of six lads, two of whom were absent on the day I * examined it, those present were examined by me in reading and explana‘tion of Esop's Fables, in Dictation, Grammar, Geography, Arithmetic and
translating English into Burmese. They generally read well, their pro‘nunciation was good, and their intonation and explanation showed that they understood what they had read. In dictation and punctuation they were as advanced as could be expected from lads of their acquirements in the English language. In Grammar their knowledge was creditable, although some of the peculiarities of the verb perplexed them. * In Geography they evinced a degree of intelligence that altogether sur*prised me, their answers were quick, and explanations correct. In Arith• metic the two elder lads (Moung-ka-lai and Shwai-et-cai) appeared best
to understand the general application of the rules they had learned, yet
the knowledge of all was such as to show that their attention had been 'chiefly directed to a practical use of this important branch of education.
It would be vanity in me to express an opinion of their translation from * English into Burmese, but as far as my limited knowledge of that most difficult language enabled me to judge, they were generally correct. On the whole these lads exhibited a degree of proficiency much in advance of last year, their replies generally showed that great care and pains had 'been taken to make them thoroughly comprehend all that they had
learned, and it is only to be regretted that Mr. Savigny (as I understand ' from him), will not be able to devote the same attention to them next
year, as his time will almost exclusively be taken up in bringing forward the first class. The boy who received the highest number of marks in this class was Moung-ka-lai, aged 16 years ; he, and other boys in this class, were awarded prizes as noted above. Third Class.—“ Seven boys. Present six. Average age 12
years. “ This class was examined by Mr. A. Savigny who reports as follows:
““ This class consists of seven boys, whose ages vary from 9 to 13, one was 'prevented attending the examination from sickness, the remaining six passed a creditable examination in Reading, Grammar and Arithmetic. In Reading, Shwai-bwah and Moung-paw-jine were the best, the other four did not seem to pay much attention to their stops; all, however, explained 'the passages with considerable correctness. A few lines were given
them to write on their slates from dictation, in which some of them 'misspelt a few words. They had learned a few pages in Grammar, but
they did not seem to understand the questions put to them, though Shwai-bah seemed to have a very fair knowledge of the different parts of speech. In Arithmetic an example in each of the compound rules was given them, but only two lads were able to show correct answers.'
“ Shwai-bah, a boy of 13 years of age, obtained the highest number in this class, and was awarded a book prize, as were other boys of this class, as mentioned above.
Fourth Class.-" Thirty-six boys. Thirty-five present. Average age, 11 years.
“ The fourth class, which is sub-divided into four sections, was also examined by the head master, who reports as follows:
• The first section, consisting of nine lads, whose ages vary from 9 to '12, has, for the greater portion of the year, been instructed by me. I however examined them in their different studies in which they seemed to pass pretty well, except in Arithmetic, in which they all failed, but three • lads, Chinethaoung, Shwaicha and Oungphaw. The remaining three sec'tions, containing respectively eleven, nine and seven boys, with the average 'ages of twelve, eleven, and eleven and a quarter years, had read various 'portions of the first number of the spelling book. The second and third sections I examined in their studies, they all read and explained very correctly, but in Arithmetic only three lads were able to work the few ' examples I set them in the simple rules. The last section 1 did not deem
it necessary to examine, as they had but lately been admitted, and had * read words of only two and three letters.'
* The boys of this portion of the school were examined Vernacular by Captain Phayre, assisted by Moung-kula, a learned Department.
native of Akyab. The report upon the classes is as follows: First Class._" Five boys. Average age, 13 years.
“ The boys of this class read and explained satisfactorily the books they had been studying. They also generally wrote down correctly passages dictated to them.
In Arithmetic they were not at all proficient. Only one boy performed correctly a sum in compound multiplication. Two of them could not finish it at all. The boy who obtained the highest number in this class was Pan-zan, aged 14 years, to whom a prize was awarded, as also to Twon-zan, who was successful in Arithmetic.
Second Class.—“ Eight boys. All present. Average age, 12 years.
“ In this class the boys read and explained creditably portions of the book called Thoodamma Baree. In Arithmetic they had nominally been instructed in the simple rules, but only one boy performed accurately a sum in division. His name was Pineboo, aged 12 years, and he was awarded a prize, as was Moungjine of this class, for his ready explanation of the work he had read.
Third Class.“ Seven boys. Six present. Average age, 12 years.
“ This class was examined by Moung-kula, who reports that in Reading and Explanation they were tolerably proficient. They could do sums in simple addition and subtraction.
“The fourth class consists of twenty-three boys. Being for the most part recently admitted, they were not examined in detail, but the native gentleman above-mentioned, Moung-kula, stated that their progress appeared satisfactory. State of the Library. from the following return :
“ The state of the library will be apparent
“ There has lately been a new school house built, but not sufficiently
large to contain the whole of the scholars. The State of the School boys of the Vernacular department therefore study Buildings,
in the old building. I have already brought this subject to the notice of the Council, and orders have been issued for the new building to be enlarged.
“ The state and progress of the Akyab School generally, during the past year, I consider to be very satisfactory. Very great credit is due to the head master, Mr. A. Savigny, who has succeeded in imbuing his pupils with a love for learning, and a steadiness of application to a degree which I have never before witnessed in boys of the Burmese race.”