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RETURN To an Address presented to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, requesting him to cause to be sent… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1890

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 53 Vic Cancellation of Teachers' Certificates, 1889. 319
RETURN
To an Address presented to His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor, requesting
him to cause to be sent down to this House copies of all Orders in Council and
Reports of the Superintendent of Education respecting the cancellation of Teachers'
Certificates during the year 1889.
By Command.
JNO. ROBSON,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
18th February, 1890.
Copy of a   Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council   approved by Hit
Honour the Lieutenant-Governor on the 4th December, 1889.
The Committee of Council have had under consideration a communication from the Superintendent of Education, dated 3rd December,  1889, reporting that he had, by virtue of the
provisions of the " Public School Act," cancelled the certificate of John N. Muir, for reasons
stated, and recommending that said cancellation be approved.
The Committee advise approval.
Certified.
(Signed)        A. Campbell Reddie,
Deputy Clerk Executive Council.
Education Office,
December 3rd, 1889.
Sir,—I beg to report that John N. Muir, the holder of a First Class, Grade A, Certificate,
is at the present time employed as teacher of English Public School.
I further beg to report that the said John N. Muir has persistently neglected, in his
capacity of teacher, to obey the Rules and Regulations prescribed for the government of the
Public Schools of this Province, which is proved by appended copies of monthly reports made
hy him now on file in this office.
I still further beg to report that the attention of the said John N. Muir having been called
to neglect of his duties as a teacher by official letter of November 23rd, he not only replied in
an indifferent and insolent manner, but published both letters in the Daily Times of this city,
bearing date November 27th. (Copies of letters as well as excerpt from newspaper referred
to are appended.)
Such publication is calculated, and was doubtless intended, to bring this Department into
disrepute and lessen its influence. In consequence of continued and wilful neglect to fulfil his duties as a teacher, as well as
gross insolence shown in his communications with this office and through the public press, I
have, this day, by virtue of the provisions of Sub-section (9) of Section 13 of the "Public School
Act," cancelled the certificate of qualification to teach in the Public Schools of this Province
held by the said John N. Muir, and I beg to recommend that the said cancellation be approved.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)        S. D. Pope,
Superintendent of Education.
The Honourable John Robson,
Provincial Secretary.
Victoria, November 23rd, 1889.
Sir,—In the event of your appointment as teacher of a Public School, I request you to
inform me whether or not it is your intention to obey the Rules and Regulations prescribed for
the government of the Public Schools, or, in other words, to carry out in their integrity the
authorized Regulations for the conduct of the same.
Permit me to point out to you the fact that you have reported to this office that the
Rules and Regulations prescribed were not obeyed by you during last month and the early
part of the present month while in charge of English Public School.
It must be apparent to you that neglect to obey the authorized Regulations cannot be
tolerated.
I am, etc.,
(Signed)        S. D. Pope,
Superintendent of Education.
J. N. Muir, Esq., Lulu Island.
Lulu Island, November 25th,  1889.
Sir,— In reply to yours of the 23rd inst., I may state that I shall take your request into
consideration when you comply with the following modest request: First, to furnish me with
an official copy of the Rules and Regulations, which you ought to have done last August.
Second, to send me a written or printed copy of your definition and official explanations of said
Rules. Third, to state what meaning you attach to questions 24 and 25 of the Monthly
Report. Fourth, to send me a copy of the Rules and Regulations which do not appear in the
official book (such as that about not admitting pupils under six years of age into graded schools).
Fifth, to state whether you yourself, in the event of your appointment as Superintendent of
Education, intend to obey the Rules and Regulations prescribing your duties. Permit me to
point out to you that the educational authorities were the cause of my reporting that the Rules
and Regulations were not observed, and the people will not stand such tyranny much longer.
J. N. Muir.
S. D. Pope, Esq., Superintendent of Education, Victoria.
[Private and Confidential.]
You may tell John Robson to keep his shirt on, and that I see through his little game.
You know any one can blow soap bubbles through you. Read up the story of the unjust
steward. I have often felt sorry for you; but I shall not cease exposing educational blundering until the Education Department does right because it is right, and not because it is compelled to do it. 53 Vic
Cancellation of Teachers' Certificates, 1889.
321
EDUCATION BRANCH OF PROVINCIAL SECRETARY'S DEPARTMENT.
Monthly Report of English Public School for the Month ending October 81st, 1889.
i. Prescribed school days  123
2. Days school was in session  17
3. Total daily attendance  128
4. Total actual attendance  128
5. Average daily attendance 7.52
6. Average actual attendance 7.52
7. Pupils actually attending during month ... 16
8. Boys „ " „ ... 9
Girls ,, „ ... 7
Greatest number of pupils present at any
session (a.m. or p.m.)  11
Least                 ,,               ,,                  ,, 0
12. Highest register number in use to date .... 23
13. Number of monthly reports sent to parents 16
9.
10.
11.
14. Expulsion of pupils	
15. Suspension	
16. Truancy	
17. Corporal punishment of pupils	
18. Tardiness of pupils	
19. Days' absence of teacher	
20. Visits to school by trustees	
21. ,, ,, Supt. of Education..
22. ,, ,, Inspector	
23. ,, „ other persons	
24. Has Section 4 of   Rule  8,  Appendix A,
been strictly observed ?    No.
25. Have  all  other  Rules   and   Regulations
been observed ?    No.
I hereby certify to the correctness of the above information.
J. N. MtriR, Teacher.
N.B.—This Report must be forwarded to the Superintendent of Education within three days after the
close of each month, and a copy sent to the Secretary of the Board of School Trustees. In case of delay,
satisfactory explanations must accompany this Report.
Reasons of Teacher's absence, and other necessary information, are to be given on the other side of this
form, but no other matter should be written on it.
The following was written by Mr. Muir on the back of October Beport:—
24 impracticable.
25
EDUCATION BRANCH OF PROVINCIAL SECRETARY'S DEPgccvRTMENT.
Monthly Report of English Public School for the part of Month ending November 6th, 1889.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
1. Prescribed school days         4
2. Days school was in session         4
Total daily attendance       45
Tstal actual attendance       45
Average daily attendance 11.25
Average actual attendance 11.25
Pupils  actually  attending during part of
month	
8. Boys „ „ ,,
9. Girls „ ,, ,,
10. Greatest number of pupils present at any
session (a.m. and p.m.)	
11. Least ,, ,, ,,
12. Highest register number in use to date...
13. Number of monthly reports sent to parents
16
8
14
24
0
14. Expulsion of pupils    0
15. Suspension   0
16. Truancy  0
17. Corporal punishment of pupils  0
18. Tardiness of pupils  2
19. Days' absence of teacher  0
20. Visits to school by trustees  0
21. „           „        Supt. of Education  0
22. „            ,,         Inspector  0
23. ,,            ,,         other persons  0
24. Has Section 4 of Rule 8, Appendix A, been
strictly observed ?  No.
25. Have all other Rules and Regulations been
observed ?  No.
I hereby certify to the correctness of the above information.
J. N. Muik,  Teacher.
N.B.—This Report must be forwarded to the Superintendent of Education within three days after the
close of each month, and a copy sent to the Secretary of the Board of School Trustees. In case of delay,
satisfactory explanations must accompany this Report.
Reasons of Teacher's absence, and other necessary information, are to be given on the other side of this
form, but no other matter should be written on it.
The following was written by Mr. Muir at the top and bottom of the face of this report:—
I forward this information in accordance with your request; but do not m any way recognize or heed
your illegal attempt to close this school.
Either through ignorance or inadvertence you forwarded only two blanks for the Monthly Reports, and
three are required. EDUCATION BRANCH OP PROVINCIAL SECRETARY'S DEPARTMENT.
Monfhh/Report of English Public School for the Month ending November 80th, 1889.
1. Prescribed school days       19
2. Days school was in session        19
3. Total daily attendance     288
4. Total actual attendance 286.5
14. Expulsion of pupils  0
15. Suspension  0
16. Truancy  0
17. Corporal punishment of pupils  0
5. Average daily attendance 15.15    i    18. Tardiness of pupils       9
19. Days' absence of teacher       0
20. Visits to school by trustees       4
21. „ „      Supt. of Education       0
22. „ ,,     Inspector       0
23. ,, „      other persons       0
24. Has Section 4 of Rule 8, Appendix A, been
strictly observed ?    No.
25. Have all other Rules and Regulations been
observed ? No.
6. Average actual attendance 15.07
7. Pupils actually attending during month .. 23
8. Boys             „               „               „ 12
9. Girls            „               ,,               ,, 11
10. Greatest number of pupils present at any
session (a.m. or p.m.)  20
11. Least             ,,               ,,               „ 8
12. Highest register number in use to date.... 27
13. Number of monthly reports sent to parents ...
I hereby certify to the correctness of the above information.
J. N. MUIR, Teacher.
N.B.—This Report must be forwarded to the Superintendent of Education within three days after the
close of each month, and a copy sent to the Secretary of the Board of School Trustees. In ease of delay,
satisfactory explanations must accompany this Report.
Reasons of Teacher's absence, and other necessary information, are to be given on the other side of this
form, but no other matter should be written on it.
The following was written by Mr. Muir at the top of this report:—
On the 6th inst. I received an illegal notice which purported to close this school illegally. I therefore
warn the Superintendent of Education that I shall hold him personally responsible if he ventures to retain
my salary for this month of November or any part thereof.
The following was writter by Mr. Muir on the, bach of this report:—
I had the honor of spending the afternoon ol the 8th inst. in visiting the Victoria West School, as I
found that Victoria City_schools closed that day.
24. Impracticable.
25. Impracticable.
OFFICIAL THUNDER.
To the Editor of The Times.
Sir,—The ludicrous side of educational officialism may be seen from the following correspondence: To J. N. Muir, Esq., Lulu Island. Victoria, Nov. 23, 1889. Sir, In the event
of your appointment as teacher of a public school, I request you to inform me whether or not
it is your intention to obey the rules and regulations prescribed for the government of public
schools, or in other words to carry out in their integrity the authorized regulations for the
conduct of the same. Permit me to point out to you the fact that you have reported to this
office that the rules and regulations prescribed were not obeyed by you during last month and
the early part of the present month, while in charge of English public school. It must be
apparent to you that neglect to obey the authorized regulations cannot be tolerated. Yours
truly S. D. Pope, Superintendent of Education.
Reply.
To S. D. Pope, Esq., Victoria. Lulu Island, Nov. 25, 1889.
Sir,—In reply to yours of the 23rd inst., I may state that I shall take your request into
consideration, when you comply with the following modest request: First, to furnish me with
an official copy of the rules and regulations, which you ought to have done last August.
Secorid, to send me a written or printed copy of your definition and official explanation of said
rules. Third, to state what meaning you attach to questions 24 and 25 of the monthly report.
Fourth, to send me a copy of the rules and regulations which do not appear in the official book
(such as that about not admitting pupils under six years of age into graded schools). Fifth, to
state whether you yourself, in the event of your appointment as superintendent of education,
intend to obey the rules and regulations prescribing your duties. Permit me to point out to
you that the educational authorities were the cause of my reporting that the rules and regulations were not observed, and the people will not stand such tyranny much longer.
J. N. Muir.
VICTORIA, B. C.:
Printed by Richard Wolfbtoen, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty

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