chapter  5
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The Free Place Regulations

ONE of the first tasks which the new Board of Educa-tion set itself after 1902 was to raise the standard of education in its secondary schools, believing it better,

at this stage, 'to establish a standard of quality rather than to hasten an increase in quantity'.! As the best means to this end it advocated a system of high fees, mitigated, in certain cases, by free places or scholarships, and refused, under ordinary circumstances, to recognize a school in which no fees were charged.