§ Mr. GRANT
asked the President of the Board of Education if the Board of Education have recommended that art teachers in the various localities should hold examinations and grant certificates for industrial design for work of a less advanced and comprehensive character than required by the Board of Education; if so, whether the Board has taken any steps to standardise such local examinations; 1398W and, if not, what value the Board considers can ensue from certificates thus granted?
§ Mr. J. A. PEASE
The Board have invited the council of the Society of Art Masters to consider whether there would be an advantage in the issue by schools of art of certificates to students who have satisfactorily completed courses of study in industrial design. Such certificates could not be completely standarised, nor is it desirable that they should be, in view of the varying local conditions of the industries depending upon art. But the Board would be prepared to endorse certificates as evidence that the courses have been conducted under satisfactory conditions. It is obvious that the value of any school certificate must largely depend upon the merit of the instruction given in a school and the consequent reputation which the school obtains.