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50. THE TOTAL NUMBER of TRAINED TEACHERS in the SERVICE on

31st December, 1905, was 7,560, or 60-3 per cent. of the total number of Principal and Assistant Teachers in the service, made up as follows :

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51. Numbers of Trained and Untrained Teachers, and percentage of the number trained to the total number, for each of the following years

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Compulsory Attendance Provisions of the Irish

Education Act, 1892.

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52. At the end of the year 1905, 183 School Attendance Act, 1892. Committees existed, 92 in Urban Districts and 91 in Rural Dis

tricts. According to reports received from the Committees, the provisions of the Act were enforced, during the year, by 170 of these Cominittees.

Under the provisions of the Act, children over 6 and under 14, with certain exceptions, are required to attend school and to make 75 complete attendances in each half-year ending respectively the 30th June and the 31st December.

53. TABLE showing for each COUNTY and PROVINCE in IRELAND, the PROPORTION PER CEnt. of the Pupils of National schools over 6 and under 14 Years of Age on the Rolls on 31st December, 1905, who made at least 75 Attendances in the Half Years ended, respectively, 30th June, 1905, and 31st December, 1905.

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Dublin,
Kildare,
Kilkenny,
King's,
Longford,
Louth,
Meath
Queen's,
Westmeath,
Wexford,
Wicklow,

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Programme of Instruction. 54. TABLE showing the Number of Pupils on the Rolls on 31st December,

1905 (arranged according to Standards), who were under Instruction in the various Subjects of the Programme.

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55. The following table shows the Number of Schools in which pupils

were under instruction in certain Subjects on 31st December, 1905.

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56. EXTRA BRANCHES.

RETURN showing the number of Schools in which fees were paid by the

Commissioners during the year 1905, for instruction given in extra branches outside of the hours constituting an "attendance."

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57. RETURN showing the amount paid in Special Fees for extra branches

in the Calendar Years 1907, 1902, 1903, 1904, and 1905.

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Books and School Requisites. 58. The authorised list of books sanctioned for use in National schools, includes, in additiou to 66 sets of readers for the various standards, upwards of 400 supplementary readers, besides books on Irish and English history, grammar, literature, and works on geography, mathematics, elementary science, domestic economy, animal life, and technical subjects. It contains also a numerous varicty of headline copy books, drawing books, maps, diagrams, and books for object lessons. These requisites are obtained for the schools from vendors at prices which include the cost of carriage.

According to the rules, managers may select the books to be used in their schools for the purpose of secular instruction, subject to the condition that no book can be used for the purpose of united secular instruction to which a reasonable objection might be entertained on religious or political grounds. Managers are required, ho'vever, to submit annually for examination of the inspector, the list of the books proposed to be used, not later than three months prior to the commencement of the school year, and they must furnish a copy of any book which

does not appear on the list authorised by the Commissioners, or of any new edition of a book already sanctioned. Further, no new book can be used until the official approval has been notified to the manager.

During 1905-1906, 146 free grants of school requisites were made in the case of ordinary schools, and 63 free grants of school requisites were made to Model schools.

Private Contribution Funds. 59. The names of the teachers who secured the “ Carlisle and Carlisle Blake" premiums for 1905 will be found in the Appendix.

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Premiums. The “Reid Bequest” special prizes, under the will of the Reid

Bequest late R. T. Reid, Esq., LL.D., varying from £25 to £10 each, were awarded to twelve monitors of National schools in the County of Kerry for superior answering at competitive examinations for the prizes. The names of the successful competitors for these prizes will also be found in Section II. of the Appendix to this Report.

Commissioners, 60. During the year James Morell, Esq., and the Right Hon. CommisMr. Justice Gibs in, resigned. The vacancies created by their sioners. retirement have been filled by the appointment of the Right Hon. Mr. Justice Ross, and Richard Bagwell, Esq., M.A., D.L.

Statistics, 61. Attached hereto are statistics as to the schools and our financial statement for the year ended the 31st March, 1906.

62. We submit this, as our Report for the past year, to Your Excellency, and in testimony thereof have caused our corporate seal to be hereunto affixed this 11th day of July, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Six.

P, E. LEMASS,

SEAL

Secretaries

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W. J. DILWORTH,

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