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1866 TO 1880.

In 1866 the ‘Public Schools Act’ was passed by the Legislature. By this Act the National and Denominational School Boards were abolished, and a new Board—designated ‘The Council of Education’—was constituted for the management of all State-aided schools—National and Denominational.

The Council of Education began work January, 1867, and it continued its management of Public Education up to May, 1880.

EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS, 1867–1880.

           
1867  1880 
Schools ...  642 ....  1,265 
(including 317 Denominational)  (including 150 Denominational) 
Enrolment ..  57,000 ....  101,534 
Teachers ..  971 ....  2,300 
Expenditure ..  £100,610 ....  £381,797 

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