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in Rule of Three and they also had some knowledge of zemindaree accounts, but were deficient in Geography. On the whole the Commissioner and Collector concur in recommending that the school be continued in operation, the zemindar of the place, Babu Biprochurn, having manifested a great interest in its welfare. He has gone to a considerable expense in building a large school house, about 100 feet in length, consisting of several rooms, and capable of accommodating a great number of boys. He is also, unsolicited, erecting a separate bungalow of considerable dimensions for the convenience of visitors, is digging a tank for the use of the boys, and purposes planting trees about the place. The Board have authorized the continuance of the school, and they think the acknowledgments of Government are due to the zemindar for his praise worthy interest in the school.

“ The school in the District of Bograh, situated at the Sudder Station, Bograh.

was visited by the Commissioner in August last, and in the

early part of the present year, the Deputy Collector, assisted by the Sudder Ameen, the Abkaree Superintendent and the Omlah of his office held an examination, the result of which was as follows. The boys of the first and the first two boys of the second class were able to read the papers of a Fouzdaree Nuthee with tolerable fluency and wrote correctly from dictation. The first and second classes appeared to be well versed in the rules of Arithmetic, and were able to answer off hand questions taken from Pearce's Geography of India. The first class having learned all that is usually taught in the Government Schools, are now studying zemindaree accounts, and the Sanscrit Grammar. The third and fourth classes were examined in Reading, Writing and in the Simple Rule of Three, and they acquitted themselves creditably. Mr. Harrison reports that the boys of the higher classes are much pleased with the Sutyo Prodip, looking forward to its arrival and deriving amusement and information from its perusal, and the pundit takes pains to explain the contents of the paper to his pupils. The number of pupils on the rolls has increased from 43 at the commencement of the year to 63 at its close, and the average daily attendance has also increased. The school house is in good order.

" There are two schools in the Moorshedabad District, one situated at Moorshedabad.

Sydabad and the other at Kandee, both of which were

visited and examined by the Commissioner as well as the Collector : on the occasion of the Commissioner's visit to the first named school, 77 boys were present. Those of the first class wrote well and read with ease some manuscript papers of the Civil Court. They are also well versed in zemindaree accounts, and fit in short to enter upon the duties of a cutcherry. A portion of the second class also read some of the same papers, but with less fluency, and passed a fair examination in Geography and Arithmetic. The other classes had made creditable progress in their studies. The school house is said to be in good order.

“ There are 76 boys on the rolls of the Kandee School. Of this number 56 were present on the occasion of the examination held by the Commissioner. The pupils generally passed a fair examination in Reading, Writing, Geography, Arithmetic and Zemindaree accounts, though they were not equal to the boys of the Sydabad and Bograh Schools. The school is considered on the whole to be prospering, and Kandee being a populous town, it is expected that the number of pupils will

Average

daily
attendance.

10 21 31

48

increase. The master, who was formerly a student in the Government School at Bauliah and speaks English, is favorably reported of and has been promoted to the second grade. The school house is stated to be in good order.

“ In the District of Rungpore there is but one school, and it is situated Rungpore.

at Bagoorea. The school was visited by the Collector,

who states that with the exception of accounts, in which be expected there would have been greater progress, the pupils passed a creditable examination, The first and second classes were examined in Reading, Writing, History, Geography and Arithmetic, in all of which they were tolerably successful, and the other classes were not deficient. The master is said to be a man of good character and high qualifications. The school house is in good order. “The number of schools in operation during the past year, in the

Dacca Division, was the same Dacca Division,

as in the preceding, but the Returns show a considerable falling off in the number of

scholars. At the commenceDistricts. School Stations.

ment of the year the number of pupils on the rolls was 284;

the admissions during the year Backergunge,... Bundooreepara,

were 168, and the withdrawals Gopalpore, Dacca,... Dhamrye, ...

248, leaving at its close, 204 on Rajnuggur,

the rolls. The average daily Mymensing, ... Nusseerabad,

attendance has also decreased Total, ...... 137

from 160 to 137.

“The expense incurred by Government on account of teachers was rupees 1,140, which, apportioned amongst the average number of pupils in daily attendance, gives rupees 8-5-1 as the cost per annum for the tuition of each.

“The schooling fees realized during the year amounted to rupees 120-15, which, added to the previous balance, gives a total of rupees 357-2-6. Out of this sum rupees 137-3 have been disbursed, leaving an unexpended balance of rupees 219-15-6; rupees 100-7-1 were also realized by the sale of 393 volumes of books.

“The schools in the Backergunge District, one situated at BandooreeBackergunge.

para and the other at Gopalpore, were visited by the

Collector, and the result of the examination held by him was on the whole satisfactory: The number of pupils, however, had decreased considerably, the withdrawals at the first named school having been 35, whilst the admissions were 10, leaving only 17 on the rolls at the close of the year. In the Gopalpore School, the decrease, though not so great as in the other, was considerable. Both schools were situated in unhealthy localities, and the Collector had during his last two visits to them suffered from attacks of fever and ague. Under these circumstances it was considered advisable to abolish both the schools, and they were accordingly closed on the 1st ultimo.

* Mr. Read states that the distribution of the Sutyo Prodip newspaper amongst the Vernacular"Şchools, is calculated to effect much good.

The European news and the scientific articles illustrated by diagrams are, he thinks, particularly valuable.

“ The two schools in the District of Dacca, situated the one at Rajnug. Dacca. gur and the other at Dhumoye which were

in operation

during the past year, have also been abolished. The decrease in the number of pupils was very considerable, there having been 80 on the rolls of the Dhumoye school at the commencement of the year, whilst only 36 remained at its close. The number on the rolls of the Rajnug. gur School had also fallen off from 54 to 28. It was evident from the reports of the local authorities that the respectable inhabitants of the towns in which the schools were situated took no interest in them; and in the Rajnuggur school, the master possessing a knowledge of English, the boys were found to have devoted their attention to the study of that language to the neglect of the Vernacular. It did not appear desirable therefore to continue the schools longer in operation.

“The Nusseerabad School in Mymensing, the only one now remaining Mymensing

in the Dacca Division, was visited by the Commissioner

in August last, and a second examination was held by the Collector in December last. The boys generally passed a very fair examination in Reading, Arithmetic, Grammar, Geography and History, and reflected great credit on their master. The number of scholars on the rolls has increased, though the average daily attendance is not so great as could be desired. The school house is said to be in tolerable order. “Of the 19 schools allotted to the Jessore Division, 12 were in opera

tion during the whole or a part

of the year of report. The JESSORE DIVISION.

total number of pupils on the rolls, at the commencement of the year was 679, the admissions during the year were 319 and the withdrawals 335, leav

ing 663 on the rolls at its close. Bancoorah, Bishenpore,

“ The schooling fees collectSonamookee,

ed amounted to rupees 464-14-5 Baraset, Jagoolee,

which added to the balance of Chota Jagoolee, Burdwan, Culna,...

former years, gives a total of Hooghly, Bomchee,

rupees 1996-4-1l. Of this sum Kinenuggur, Mankoondoo,

rupees 41 were disbursed and Jessore, Magoorah,...

rupees 1955-4-11 remained in 24-Pergunnahs,....., Majilpore,

deposit ; rupees 87-13-6 were Muneerampore, Rajpoor,...

also realized by the sale of 393

volumes of books. The total Total...

expence incurred by Govern

ment on account of teachers Number of Schools, allotted, ... In operation,

was rupees 2640, which apporNon-effective,

tioned among the pupils in daily

attendance gives an average of rupees 4-7-2 as the annual cost for the tuition of each pupil.

“There are two schools in the District of Bancoorah, one at Bishenpore Bancoorah.

and the other at Soonamookee, both of which were visited

by the Deputy Collector Mr. Mactier. The result of the examination was satisfactory. Mr. Mactier has distributed Bengali transJations of English Arithmetic books to the boys as prizes, in order that the pupils may become acquainted with the English method of calculating. The school houses are reported to be in good order.

Districts.

School Stations.

Average

daily attendance.

...

30
28

70 43 48 79 100 33 31 39 30

593

...

19 12 7

of the year.

"There are two schools in the District of Baraset also, one situated at Baraset.

Jagoolee and the other at Chota Jagoolee, both of which

are reported to be in a flourishing condition. The number of scholars, as well as the daily attendance, has increased; the masters are said to be well qualified and efficient men; and the school houses are in good order.

The school at Culna, in the District of Burdwan, which had been Burdwan.

abolished in April 1850, was re-established in October

last. The Collector had not been able to visit the school, and no report regarding it has been submitted, but as far as can be gathered from the tabular statement the school appears to be doing well under the old master, who was re-appointed to it, and is stated to be a well qualified and efficient man.

" In the District of Hooghly there are three schools, none of which Hooghly.

were visited during the past year, probably in consequence

of the frequent change both of the Collector and the Commissioner. From a comparison of the tabular statement submitted by the Officiating Commissioner with the previous year's return, it would appear that the schools are in a flourishing condition, especially the one situated at Konenuggur, the number of scholars in which has increased from 54 to 86, and the average daily attendance from 33 to 79.

" In Jessore there is one school, located at Magoorah, but no reJessore.

port has been furnished respecting it, the former Collec

tor having been removed from the District at the close " There are three schools in the 24-Pergunnahs, and all of them were 24-Pergunnahs.

visited by the Officiating Collector, Mr. Grote. The

Majilpore School it appears has not before been visited by any Collector. The boys passed a very fair examination, and reflected great credit on their teacher. The progress the first class had made in Grammar, Geography, Arithmetic and History, and the interest they appeared to take in Geography was very gratifying, Mr. Grote thinks the circulation of the Sutyo Prodip newspaper helps to keep up that interest. The other classes had also made creditable progress in their studies. Prizes were distributed by the Collector to the boys, and the Board have authorized the payment, out of the fees, of a reward of rupees 50, to the master.

The boys attending the Muneerampore School are very young, and have nearly all been admitted during the last two years. The reason of this is the yearning for English which draws off the boys to the Governor General's school at Barrackpore, and to another at Pultah Ghat. The attendance at the Muneerampore School is steadier than at the other schools in the District. The master is said to be a good teacher; and the school house in good order.

“ The Rajpore School was abolished in 1849, but was re-established, on the earnest representations of the inhabitants, by the orders of the Board, dated the i2th October of that year, as stated in the 11th para: of their last annual report. The Local Committee evince a great interest in the institution; but the attendance has been somewhat irregular. One year's trial, however, is scarcely sufficient to warrant a decision as to the expediency of maintaining this school

“ On the recommendation of the Collector and Commissioner, the Board have sanctioned the establishment of a school at the populous

CHITTAGONG DIVISION.

Districts.

School Stations,

Average

daily attendance.

20

26

village of Barripore, the inhabitants of which, and of other villages in the vicinity, had petitioned the Collector for the establishment of schools.

“ The Board desire to bring to the notice of His Honor, a suggestion made by Mr. Grote, that the restriction laid on the sale of school-books, by the orders of Government, dated the 20th December 1849, No. 768, be withdrawn, on the ground that though the restriction does not interfere with a large sale of books, yet compliance with the occasional applications, which are made to the masters in the course of the year, would help their circulation, and might perhaps lead to their introduction into other schools.

" The acknowledgments of the Government are due, the Board think, to Messrs Grote, Reid, Mactier and Jackson, for the interest they have taken in the schools in their respective Districts. “In the Chittagong Division, two schools only were in operation dur

ing the past year, one at Noapara in Chittagong, and the other at Noakalee in Bullooah. There were 49 pupils on the rolls of these schools, at the commencement of the year, the admissions were 72 and the withdrawals 59, leaving 62 at

its close. The average daily Chittagong, Noapara,

attendance was 46, and the exBullooah, Noakalee,

pense incurred by GovernTotal, ...

ment for teachers rupees 575,

which gives rupees 12-8 as the Number of Schools allotted, In operation,

yearly cost of tuition for each Non-effective,

pupil. The schooling fees rea

lized during the year amounted to rupees 41-7-0, and this, added to the former balance, gives a total of rupees 122-3-0; rupees 6-8-3 had been disbursed, and rupees 115-10-9 reinained in hand; rupees 90-15-6 were also realized by the sale of 354 volumes of books.

“The school at Noapara was visited - by the Officiating Collector, Chittagong

Mr. Lautour, on the 3rd of January last, and the result

of the examination held by him was on the whole satisfactory. The number of boys attending the school, however, is very small, there being only 25 pupils on the rolls, although Noapara is situated in a populous part of the country. The school is evidently not encouraged, and the Board consider it very doubtful whether it is worth while to continue it in operation.

“From the reports of the local authorities regarding the Noakalee School, it appeared evident to the Board that the object of the native inhabitants, was that English should be taught in the school. Fifty-one boys out of 65 admitted during the year, were withdrawn in consequence, it is stated, of the rejection of an application for the introduction of English into the school. As the wishes of the inhabitants in this respect could not be complied with, and as they were not disposed to encourage the school as a Vernacular Institution, the Board directed it to be abolished.

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