chapter  4
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The Higher Elementary Schools

By 1905 the Board was aware that the Minute of 1900 had virtually failed. There were only thirty higher elementary schools in existence at that time, and only five of these had been established since 1902. These figures make it clear that not only had many of the higher grade schools been turned into secondary schools, but that very few higher elementary schools had been founded by the new authorities. The Board was inclined to lay the blame on the terms of the Minute itself, mentioning in particular the high cost of the building equipment required and the scientific nature of the curriculum demanded, which was not particularly suited to the occupations for which many of its pupils were destined. Accordingly the 1905 Code introduced new regulations for higher elementary schools, which were intended to avoid the defects of the old Minute and to encourage local authorities to organize such schools.