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SCHOOLS OF NEW BRUNSWICK,
PART I-GENERAL REPORT.
To His Honor the Honorable Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, C. B., K. C. M. G.,
LL. D., Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of New Brunswick.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR HONOR,
I have the honor to submit, as required by law, my Report on the Public Schools of the Province for the year 1892.
I am happy to be able to report substantial progress in almost every department of educational work during the year.
. The Statistical Tables of Part II (with the exception of Tables IX, XVI, XVIII and XIX, which show the actual disbursement of moneys for the fiscal year), comprise the two School Terms ended June 30th, 1892.
The Reports of Part III, with the exception of that of the Principal of the Normal School, are for the two School Terms ended December 31st, 1892.
I herewith present a summary of the Statistical Tables, which will show, at a glance, the principal data upon which an accurate judgment may be formed of the present extent and condition, as well as the relative progress for the year, of the public educational work of the Province.
Second Term, 1891. First Term, 1892.
47 Increase, Number of Teachers,..
33 Increase, 37 Number of Pupils,
595 Increase, 1,218 Number of different Pupils in attendance during the year, .... 68,909 Decrease, ..
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The gratifying increase, shown by the foregoing abstract, in the number of Schools in operation, the number of Teachers engaged, and especially the number of Pupils in attendance during both the terms, coupled with the fact that there was a slight decrease in the total number of different pupils in attendance during the school year, indicaies a considerably lengthened average attendance of the same pupils. This fact, substantiated by the figures of the following table, is exceedingly hopeful from an educational standpoint. The longer the period that children can be kept regularly at school the better the results that will follow.
TABLE II.—PROPORTION OF POPULATION AT SCHOOL, AGE AND SEX OF PUPILS,
PERCENTAGE OF ATTENDANCE.
Second Term, 1891. First Term, 1892.
1 in 5.10
1 in 5.40 Increase, 1 in 2.64 Number of Pupils under 5 years of age, 293
49 Number between 5 and 15,
216 Number of Boys,
495 Increase, 771 Number of Girls,
147,054) Increase, 175,864
The uniform increase shown by these figures in everything which indicates educational progress is very encouraging. The term ending Dec., 1891, shows an average daily attendance for the full term of 33,233, an increase of 1,327 over the corresponding term of the previous year; and the term ending
June, 1892, shows an average daily attendance for the full term of 32,496, an increase of 1,280 over the corresponding term of the previous year. The average daily attendance for the year exceeds that of any previous year since the school terms were arranged as at present.
In comparing the percentage of attendance for the full term in the several Counties as exhibited in Table II. it will be seen that St. John again leads the Province with a percentage for the last term of 1891 of 72.75, and for the first term of 1892, of 68.61, or for the two terms of 70.68, an increase on the previous year of 2.37. All the other Counties except Sunbury, Queens and Victoria show an average attendance for the whole year of more than one half of the total number enrolled. As will be seen by the following table, all the Counties except Gloucester, St. John and Sunbury have more than one in five of their total population in attendance at the schools for some part of the school year. Nearly 213 per cent. of the total population of the Province are enrolled in the Public Schools for one or both of the school terms.
Table showing proportion of population enrolled on Public School Registers for the year 1872, 1881, 1891 and 1892, according to the census of the years '71, '81 and '91 respectively.
The following table shows the percentage of enrolled pupils daily present on an average in eities and incorporated towns from 1870 to 1892 inclusive :