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VOTE 1.-BOARD OF EDUCATION—continued.
RETURN showing the Extra Remuneration received by Officers of the Board of Education --continued.
B. 1.-INSPECTION AND EXAMINATION. A sum of 7431. (approximately) has been paid for Examination and Inspection Fees to 6 Officers in receipt of Military or Naval retired pay. In some cases the payments have been subjected to 10 per cent. deduction under Treasury Rules framed under Section 6 of the Superannuation Act, 1887.
The Surplus of 11,8001. 8s. shown upon the Account of the Vote for the “ Board of Education ”; for
the year ended 31 March 1905 has been surrendered. Board of Education,
John Bromley, 30 November 1906.
I certify that this Account has been examined under my directions and is correct.
John A. Kempe, Comptroller and Auditor General,
C. H. Archibald.
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+ Local Museums. — The balance under this head shows a considerable reduction as compared with that brought forward from the previous year. It includes a sum of 4741. 148. 3d. promised to various Local Authorities, payable when the Board's requirements are fulfilled.
SCHEDULE of Trust Funds administered by the BOARD OF EDUCATION.
CLASS IV. continued.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL.
1. Expenditure in excess of the Estimate has been incurred under Sub-Heads A 1 Excess. A 3, C4, D1, D3, F1, K 3, L1, L2, L 6, and M 3.
2. A new Sub-Head, C7, was introduced into the Estimates to provide for any sums, Sub-Head advanced to the Managers of Schools by the Board of Education in pursuance of the C. 7. provisions of the Education (Local Authorities Default) Act 1904, 4 Edw. VII., Cap. 18— which might not have been recovered during the financial year. As, however, the full amount of such advances, viz., 7,1121. 9s. -d., has been deducted from the Grants paid to the several Local Education Authorities concerned, no portion of the Grant provided for this purpose has been required. 3. The further expenditure incurred in 1905-6 on account of the Committee of New
Sub-Head Inquiry referred to in paragraph 2 of my Report for last year has again been charged to a
Committee Special Sub-Head, no provision having been made in the Estimates for the year under of Inquiry." report. I observe that a further payment for this service has been included in the account for 1906-7.
4. According to Section 85 of the Evening School Regulations, no claim can be Evening entertained in respect of any subject or course for which the Register of Attendance Schools : could not be produced. In consequence, however, of the destruction by fire of the Loss or Moir Council Registers, the Treasury have accorded to the Board of Education per- of Regieters mission to make, without reference to Their Lordships, payments of grants up to an amount not exceeding 201. in cases where no blame attaches to the School or responsible Authority for such loss or destruction.
5. With regard to Paragraphs 4 and 5 of my Report of last year, and to the Grants to observations in the Second Report of the Committee of Public Accounts, relative Art and (1) to the subject of Grants to Schools of Art on re-assessment, and (2) to the system System of of purchasing Chemicals, &c., for the Royal College of Science, the Treasury, in Purchasing their Minute of the 21st December 1906, have requested that these matters may Chemicals, receive the attention of the Board of Education.
6. With reference to paragraph 7 of my Report of last year, I am not aware of any Grants for decision upon the question of securing from ex-Students of Training Colleges the the Training cost of their Training in cases where třey fail to adopt and follow the profession of of Teachers. Teachers in a Public Elementary or other School.
7. It appears that a late Headmaster of an elementary school had for some years past Falsification fraudulently increased the numbers of scholars in average attendance under the of School impression that, were a falling off in this respect disclosed, the staff might be considered Registers. extravagant, and his services no longer required. The Registers of this School for the years 1903–4 and 1904–5 were subjected to a close scrutiny by the Board of Education, with the result that considerable reductions were made in the amounts of the grants
. As, however, the amended attendances for the years in question were based more or less upon conjecture, and as it was admitted that the Registers of prior years had likewise been falsified, I requested to be informed whether the sanction of the Treasury had been obtained for the grants ultimately allowed, as well as for the irregular payments made in previous years. This sanction I have since received, but the Treasury-whilst waiving a penalty in this particular case-express a hope that the Board will agree to the principle of inflicting upon the Local Educational Authority a penalty in cases of fraud, even where blame cannot be held to attach to such Authority for want of reasonable precaution, leaving that Authority to deal with the offending school.
VOTE 1.-BOARD OF EDUCATION-continued.
8. The Amount to be Surrendered is, as shown by the Account, 48,4991. 148. ld.
9. A statement is appended to the Account showing the expenditure out of the various Grants in Aid and the balances at the close of the year. The statement has been audited in detail by my Department, and is correct.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS' DEFERRED ANNUITY FUND.
The Capital and Income Accounts rendered for the year 1905-6, in respect of the Elementary School Teachers' Deferred Annuity Fund, instituted under the Act of 1898 (61 and 62 Vic., c. 5), have been printed as an Appendix to this Report in accordance with the arrangement to which reference was made in the Report on Vote 1 of Class IV. for the year 1900-01. .
John A. Kempe,
Comptroller and Auditor General.
APPENDIX (A).—Class IV.—continued.
VOTE 1.-BOARD OF EDUCATION—continued.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS. DEFERRED ANNUITY FUND (ENGLAND).
created under the provisions of the Elementary School Teachers (Superannuation) Act, 1898 (61 & 62. Vict.. Cap. 57).
£. 1,083,114 13 3 211,669 10 10
* The accrued dividends on securities bought or sold cum. div., have been treated as capital.