Scholarships, etc., etc.
1. Special subject elementary scholarships.—In the elementary schools there are the regular subjects, and the paid subjects. There should be scholarships awarded on the result of the master's quarterly examination in the ordinary subjects, entitling the holders to attend the extra subjects free. The following three exhibitions and scholarships would be awarded on the result of the annual senior elementary examinations, and be held for three years. 2. Local elementary exhibitions.—1 per cent. of the boys attending an elementary school should have an exhibition entitling them to free admission to the ordinary subjects of the advanced schools. 3. Colonial elementary exhibitions.—1 per cent. of all the boys attending elementary schools in the colony to receive an exhibition entitling them to free admission to the ordinary subjects of the advanced schools, with a small subsistence stipend. 4. Advanced colonial scholarships.—Scholarships to the number of 3 per cent. of the boys attending advanced schools, entitling their holders to free admission to the ordinary and extra subjects of the advanced school, and to a prize of books. A similar system of exhibitions, etc., should exist in the advanced schools for the extra subjects, and for giving admission to the college classes, and should be called respectively:—5. Special subject advanced scholarships. 6. Local advanced exhibitions. 7. Colonial advanced exhibitions. 8. Colonial college scholarships. The three latter would be given as the result of the senior advanced examinations. The special scholarships, Nos. 1 and 5, and the local exhibitions, 2 and 6, would be held only by boys of the individual schools to which the scholarships, etc., were allotted. The colonial exhibitions, Nos. 3 and 7, would be open to all boys attending State schools, and would be awarded on merit only, without giving preference to any individual schools. The colonial scholarships Nos. 4, and 8, will be open to all competitors; the first under thirteen, and the latter under fifteen years of age. 9. At the matriculation examination of the university there should be scholarships called university scholarships. The special subject scholarships, 1 and 5, may be held at the same time as an exhibition, etc., but one only of Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 9, could be held by a boy at once. In the examinations the first boys on the list to the number of scholarships given would be allotted colonial scholarships. These would hold the highest status. The next boys on the list attending State schools only would be awarded the colonial exhibitions. Then, after these, the first boys in each individual school, not included in the above, would have the local exhibitions. Thus, in any school, the colonial scholarships
and exhibitions which might be taken would be limited only by the total numbers, and depend entirely on colonial competition, but the local exhibitions would be only held by the boys of the individual school, so that local exhibitions would provoke competition among the boys of the school, the colonial exhibitions among State schools, and the colonial scholarships would be State schools against each other, and against private and other schools. In these examinations less than 40 per cent. in any subject should be considered a failure in that subject, and the marks should not count. 10. University fellowships: the competitors who stand highest in the University examinations for B.A. and B.Sc. should have fellowships to enable them to assist professors in original research, or to undertake research themselves. The fellows should be allowed to choose the college they would attend. They should hold the fellowships only on the condition of being at the college during its regular hours, or being engaged on some investigation elsewhere, with the knowledge of the Board of Governors. The fellowships should not depend upon the holders being or remaining single. They should be granted for two years, and should be renewed if the work done by the fellow was of a valuable kind. It would further be desirable to have some provision made whereby all original work done by the professors, lecturers, fellows, or students of a college might be published in a quarto volume with the necessary illustrative engravings. Those engaged in original research, together with the chairman of the college, should form a committee of publication. If the papers were of a valuable kind the transactions could be exchanged for the transactions of other learned societies. This would be of immense value to original workers.