Reference numberNLB/4/187
Alternative reference numberNLB/4 p77-79
TitleCopy letter from the Fellows of the Royal Society, to the President and Vice-President of the Committee of Council on Education
Date6 March 1890
DescriptionThe Fellows wish to call attention to the unfortunate neglect of elementary since in primary schools.

The 'code' does contain an elaborate programme of scientific instruction but from other provisions this is rendered practically useless. It is provided that science may be taken either as a class or as a special subject, but it appears from last year's report that of 20,000 schools only 36 presented any children for examination in elementary science, and as a class subject out of 5,000,000 children only 50,000 were presented in any branch of science taken as a special subject.

The code provides that out of the four class subjects children can be presented in only two, and that if any one be taken it must be English. The Fellows hope the Committee may see its way to carrying out the suggestion of the Education Commission by encouraging schools to take all four class subjects; English, History, Geography and elementary Science, as the exclusion of Science is no less than a national misfortune.
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