§ Mr. BOLAND
asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether, in view of the fact that his Department pays the Grants for science teaching in Irish secondary and technical schools, the Department or their representatives on the Intermediate Board are to be taken as consenting parties to the change in the rules for the teaching of this subject introduced this year by the Intermediate Board; whether they acquiesce in the severance of the co-ordination between the two bodies which has hitherto been working smoothly in the 2092W schools and, according to the schoolmasters, effecting great and remarkable improvements; and, if so, whether the Department will state why they choose the present time, when the Leaching of science is universally regarded of such importance in education, to make this departure from the methods they have hitherto advocated?
§ Mr. RUSSELL
The answer to the first two' portions of the question is in the negative. The Department have made representations on the subject to the Intermediate Education Board.